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New striker Chris Wood is perfect tonic for Leicester City's promotion push

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Chris Wood is the perfect tonic for Leicester City's promotion push, said manager Nigel Pearson.

The £2 million striker made an impressive debut against Huddersfield Town yesterday.

Wood scored twice in the opening 24 minutes as City recorded an impressive 6-1 victory over Simon Grayson's side at the King Power Stadium.

City had signed Wood on an emergency loan so he could make his debut. He will complete his permanent move from West Bromwich Albion today.

Pearson said he was delighted to have convinced the 21-year-old that his ambitions can be served at City.

"Chris has made a commitment to play for us, which I am really pleased with," he said.

"He is an ambitious lad and we are ambitious ourselves. He gives us a real tonic in what is a very important part of the season now.

"He played a very positive part in a very good team performance.

"His attributes fit the bill. He is a team player who works exceptionally hard, he shows a lot of football intelligence as well and it is very pleasing for him to get off to the start he has."

Wood struck up an instant understanding with strike partner David Nugent but Pearson feels the New Zealand international will compliment any of his strikers.

"They did look good as a partnership but I think we have some good forwards," he said. "There is a lot of potential here with Jamie Vardy, Martyn Waghorn and Marko Futacs, who has done well for us when he has come on as a substitute.

"We have got a few different options and the competition is going to be very good moving forward.

"On top of that, the quality we have in wide areas is going to be important in terms of supply for those players."

Pearson was unhappy with the second-half tackle which ended with Ben Marshall limping off, but he said the winger had escaped serious injury.

"I thought it was a very dangerous tackle," he said.

"Fortunately, he is okay but I am very surprised the officials missed it. He is all right and he is walking around, so it was a near miss for him."

Teenage defender Michael Keane, who is on loan from Manchester United, played the entire 90 minutes and Pearson said they would try to extend his stay with City.

Keane and team-mate Jesse Lingard's loans expire today.

"His loan will finish but we will have a chat with Manchester United to see what their thoughts are about that," he said. "He played very well today."

New striker Chris Wood is perfect tonic for Leicester City's  promotion push


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