Chris Wood will be a big threat to us, admits Bristol City manager Derek McInnes
Derek McInnes reckons in-form Leicester striker Chris Wood represents a very real threat to Bristol City's chances of climbing out of the Championship relegation zone this weekend.
Promotion-chasing Leicester visit Ashton Gate on Saturday and a Robins defence that has yet to keep a clean sheet in 27 games this season is charged with the task of subduing the New Zealand international, who has scored 14 goals in 20 games for Millwall and the Foxes this season.
The former West Brom forward, who joined Leicester in a deal worth £2m last week, spent the second half of last season on loan at Ashton Gate and helped City avoid relegation.
Robins boss McInnes knows him well and recognises the threat he poses to his struggling team.
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He said: "Because of his frame, everyone thinks he is a target man, but he is a lot more than that.
"He is also a very good scorer of goals and we always thought we would do that in a forward-thinking team that was going well.
"He scored some important goals for us last season and he always got himself in positions to do that.
"Obviously, he started this campaign brilliantly, scoring goals for Millwall, and he has earned himself a very good move to Leicester., who will be in the shake-up for promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.
"His movement is good, he can cause problems in and around the box and he will have a good partner in David Nugent.
"Leicester have a few players we will need to concentrate fully on and Chris is certainly someone we will have to be aware of."
Veteran City defender Louis Carey played alongside Wood last season and says the striker's big-money move to Leicester came as no surprise to him.
He recalled: "We were struggling at the time and not creating too many chances, but you could see in training what a player he could be.
"It was unfortunate for us that he could not stay and he went to Millwall instead and did really well. He's got a great move to Leicester and I think being in the Midlands will suit him.
"He has a lot of talent and I just hope he is not allowed to show it on Saturday."
City lost 2-0 at the King Power Stadium when the sides last met in October and Robins boss McInnes described leicester at the time as the best team he had seen in the Championship this season.
And the Scot has certainly not altered his opinion in the intervening months.
He told The Post: "I said when we played Leicester earlier in the season that they were as good as anything in this league.
"They already had a good squad of players under Sven-Goran Eriksson and Nigel Pearson has come in and added to that. They have a good mixture of youth and experience, know-how and pace, and we saw the way they dispatched Huddersfield (6-1) the other week.
"If they get their tails up, Leicester can be a formidable team. But they are also a team we feel we can cause problems and beat.
"If we are going to get the job done, we have to ensure we make it a difficult afternoon for Leicester."