Leicester City striker Chris Wood driven on by Premier ambitions
Leicester City's new signing Chris Wood said it was the club's Premier League ambitions that drew him to the King Power Stadium.
The £2million striker made the move from West Brom after impressing in a number of loan spells, most recently at Millwall where he scored 11 goals in 19 appearances for the Lions.
The 21-year-old marked a dream start to his City career with two goals in his first 24 minutes as they thumped Huddersfield 6-1 on New Year's Day.
The win saw City move to five points off the second automatic promotion spot while boasting the best goal difference in the Championship.
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"When I spoke to the manager (Nigel Pearson), he talked to me about the ambition that the club have to make it to the Premier League," said Wood.
"They want to do that this year, and that is ultimately where I want to play.
"I had a good loan spell at Millwall and I thought I proved myself in the Championship.
"Hopefully, I can come here to Leicester, kick on to another level, and then we can work our way into the Premier League.
"I have fitted in well, I have trained here a few times now, and the lads have got around me and supported me, and helped me settle in very quickly.
"Hopefully, that will continue to be the case."
The New Zealand international also admitted that City boss Pearson was a huge influence in his decision to sign for the club.
"He was a major aspect," said Wood. "He is a very good manager and has been in the game a long time.
"He has got that drive and ambition to get the players right, get them ready, and make sure we can get there."
At only 21, Wood is still a young man and he admitted that he has a lot to learn, but he believes he has the ability to make it at the top level.
"I think I can be a Premier League striker," he said.
"Maybe not right at this moment, but that is why I have come here to a team like Leicester, who have got great players, great quality here and great facilities.
"They are only going to take me on another level, and that is ultimately where I want to be – to be a better player so I can play in the Premier League with Leicester."