Chris Wood is missing piece for Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson
Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson hailed goal-machine Chris Wood as the missing piece he had been looking for to add to his promotion challengers.
Wood took his tally to six goals in his first three appearances since joining from West Brom with a first-half hat-trick which pushed City to within two points of the automatic promotion places.
It also saw the Robins slip to the foot of the Championship and led to the sacking of manager Derek McInnes.
Including the three he scored in his last two appearances for Millwall before Albion recalled him to sell him to City, Wood has now scored nine goals in five games.
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"I think Chris has shown what we have been missing," said Pearson.
"He is a big factor in our form. We have continued to create a lot chances but we are putting them away at the minute.
"He is doing what we hoped he would do. Things are falling for him and he is taking his opportunities.
"The most important thing is that we win games as a team and he is playing his part in that. It is great for him to get the hat-trick.
"We needed something different in attack and he gives us that. He has respect for his peers and works very hard.
"For a young man, he shows a lot of humility."