Don't put too much pressure on Chris Wood, says Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson
Nigel Pearson is keen to avoid too much pressure being heaped on the shoulders of Chris Wood.
Wood has scored eight times in his first seven games for City and has contributed nearly half of the club's goal tally since his arrival on New Year's Day, despite missing two of the nine games.
Tuesday's defeat at home to Charlton, in which Wood grabbed the equaliser, was the first time City had been beaten with him in their side. But Pearson is keen too much emphasis should not be placed on the 21-year-old.
Wood will lead the City attack at Blackpool today but will receive support from strike partner David Nugent and possibly new signing Harry Kane, who is hoping to make his debut after completing his loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
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"Chris' record speaks for itself and he is a player who will get better," said Pearson.
"He will continue to score goals, there is no doubt in my mind about that.
"It is a bit silly to put too much emphasis on him because he is still a young lad. He is not exactly in his late 20s with hundreds of appearances. He is learning the game as well.
"He has had a positive impact in our squad so far and he is a super lad to work with."
Wood shook off a knee injury to face the Addicks on Tuesday and was once again City's most dangerous attacking threat.
"He has had a couple of weeks out of the team but came back and had an impact against Charlton the other night," added Pearson.
"I think they limited the opportunities for our strikers by making it difficult to have any impact down the middle.
"Consequently, our strikers spent more time playing wide to find space for themselves, but Chris took his goal exceptionally well and could have scored another late on.
"In the context of what happened on Tuesday, he got us back into the game.
"Unfortunately, however, we couldn't get something out of the game."