Wise: Healy needs lucky break
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leeds boss Dennis Wise believes David Healy could soon fire for Leeds.
Leeds boss Dennis Wise is confident that David Healy could soon start replicating his Northern Ireland form at Elland Road, of the opinion that he just needs a slice of luck.
Healy's double in his side's memorable victory over Sweden on Wednesday night took Northern Ireland to the top of their European Championship qualifying group.
A record of nine goals from six qualifiers has catapulted him to the top of the goalscoring charts but at club level, he continues to cut somewhat of a forlorn figure, often left on the bench despite Leeds' current malaise.
Wise has not in the past always elected to use the free-scoring former Manchester United man, but will perhaps now turn to Healy in a bid to retain his club's Championship status.
"If we had those 14,000 Irish fans in addition to our usual Leeds fans, we'd be top of the league," Wise told BBC Northern Ireland's Talkback programme.
"He just hasn't had the luck with Leeds, he's been hitting shots like that for us and they've been hitting the bar. He's an instinctive striker, he can pull a goal out of nothing.
"He's been playing very well for us, but unfortunately he hasn't been scoring the goals for us that he's been scoring at international level.
"Everyone loves him, just let him concentrate on doing the brilliant job he's been doing.
"He's an instinctive striker, he can pull a goal out of nothing."