Chris Wood was quite the player at Leeds United, and he has since really turned on the heat.
Playing for a club like Leeds United is an honour. Some might even say the privilege is far greater than playing for some of the clubs in the Premier League, and we would be inclined to believe them in certain cases. The history is rich with success and the fans are some of the most passionate in the world. Show them that you are willing to give them your all and they will love and adore you like no others in the land. Disrespect them and you will be hounded until the end of days. As Chris Wood has surely learned.
Chris Wood made the switch to Elland Road in the summer of 2015, switching from Leicester for a fee estimated to be around £3.5million. Peanuts in today’s market – and a fraction of what it cost to recruit current Whites forward Patrick Bamford. Not that it went to plan in the immediate.
To put it lightly, Chris Wood took a little bit of time to become accustomed to Leeds United and the second tier. In just his second game he did the unthinkable and bottled a penalty in an EFL Cup shootout defeat at Doncaster Rovers. He did finish the season with 13 goals in 36 league games – quite the achievement given the circumstances in which he was working, but some still felt like he was underachieving. These are fans who have witnessed the mercurial Mark Viduka kicking about in front of them, after all.
Despite injuries and Garry Monk (we are undecided on which was a harder challenge to overcome) Wood managed to bag himself a very impressive haul of 27 goals in 44 appearances during the 2016/17 campaign. But his statistics only tell half the story.
A late equaliser against Newcastle United sent the travelling fans into a frenzy; a dominant header against Brighton had Elland Road limbs flying; and a spectacular lob against Birmingham had us all swooning. Great player.
Chris Wood joined Burnley for a club record fee of £15million in August 2017 (as per BBC Sport). Having bagged 44 goals in 88 appearances for Leeds United, there were some expectations of Wood that he has since matched in competent style. Yes, his form in the first half of the current season was questionable at best, with just one goal in 19 appearances. However, eight in the last 16 looks very, very good. And his contributions have undoubtedly been a major factor in Burnley’s upturn in fortune.
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