Having signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Leicester City earlier this month, New Zealand starlet Chris Wood has been in outstanding form this season.

The prolific striker has scored 16 goals from 21 appearances in the NPower Championship, with such form prompting Nigel Pearson to splash out £1million to lure the Auckland-born frontman to the King Power Stadium.

Now, after leaving Premier League side West Bromwich Albion for the high-flying Foxes, Wood is repaying the manager's faith immediately, having scored six goals in three matches - including a hat-trick against Bristol City in a 4-0 demolition.

Yet, with the Baggies' front-line looking a little light - Romelu Lukaku and Markus Rosenberg are the only fit strikers at present - will selling Wood prove to be a costly mistake by manager Steve Clarke?

At the age of 21, Wood still has plenty of untapped potential, but he has spent the majority of his career in the lower leagues. Wood has shown his quality during loan spells at Birmingham and Brighton, where he managed to force his way into the first-team picture on a consistent basis.

However, with Wood only making six starts during his five-year spell with West Brom - 15 further appearances came from the bench - it seems he was not given a real chance to prove himself at Premier League level.

For whatever reason, the West Brom coaches decided against giving Wood a fair crack in the firs-team at the Hawthorns, despite his obvious attributes. With his tall physique and expert finishing, Wood's ability is enough to trouble any player on the pitch.

I can't help but feel that the Albion would have been better off sending Wood out on loan again to continue his football development, with the potential there for him to return as a ready-made replacement for when Lukaku returns to parent club Chelsea at the end of his loan spell.

It remains to be seen whether Clarke and West Brom will regret parting with Wood, but if current form is anything to go by, the answer will be a resounding yes.

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