Leicester City: Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray brought Chris Wood to England
Tony Mowbray is hoping the unknown teenage striker he brought to England from New Zealand will not come back to haunt him tonight when his Middlesbrough side face in-form goalscorer Chris Wood.
Mowbray took Wood on trial at West Bromwich Albion from Hamilton Wanderers when he was just 17 years old.
After impressing in the Baggies youth team, he went on to make his first-team debut in the Premier League at Portsmouth.
Mowbray said he has been pleased to see Wood progress in the English game, but hopes his recent run of six goals in three games for City will come to an end tonight at the King Power Stadium.
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"I brought him over from New Zealand after one of the coaches we had at the time (Roger Wilkinson) thought he was good enough to come over," recalled Mowbray.
"We brought him over and signed him. He's a really lovely boy, he's a nice lad and he's played against us a few times.
"It will be good to see him but let's hope he has a quiet day."
Mowbray is expecting a keenly-fought contest between two sides locked together on 47 points and with a place in the automatic promotion spots on offer to the victors.
But he knows his side will face a stern test against a City side that has won their last four games in all competitions and have scored 10 goals in their last two games.
"You would have to say they are in good shape at the moment," he said.
"They've scored 10 goals in their last two league games, so it's a big test but one we are looking forward to."