The 2017/18 Championship season is now well underway with another full set of fixtures to come this weekend. Simon Grayson will face his former club Leeds United on Saturday as the Whites travel to The Stadium of Light to face Grayson’s new side, Sunderland. It will certainly be an exciting game as both sides have had a mediocre start to the season.
Leeds had the opportunity to build on their superb start which saw them win 3-2 away at Bolton Wanderers by picking up another two wins in their back-to-back home games that followed. However, it did not turn out that way as both Preston North End and Fulham held them to a goalless draw.
As for Sunderland, they have adapted to life in The Championship a lot better than most people expected. They have so far picked up five points from their three games which were arguably tough fixtures against the likes of Derby County, Norwich City and Sheffield Wednesday. They will certainly be looking to build on this good start against Leeds this weekend.
We take a look at five players who could potentially have an impact on this fascinating encounter.
5. Chris Wood
There has been a host of speculation linking the 25-year-old with a move away from the club this summer which comes as no surprise due to the superb form he hit with Leeds last time out. He is, without a doubt, a natural goalscorer and found the back of the net 27 times in the last campaign which resulted in him being named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.
Despite a host of interest, Wood remains a Leeds player for the time being and will be available for Thomas Christiansen to select for Saturday’s game. He can certainly have an impact in this game, and if he is set for a move to the Premier League, he will want to leave on the right note by continuing to give his all for the club.