Leeds United’s 2016/17 season was one that had so much promise about it before the ultimate disappointment. Garry Monk led a revolution at Elland Road and with Chris Wood being his secret weapon in attack it looked like the club would qualify for the playoffs. However, in true Leeds style, they imploded to pick up three points from their last five games and finished 7th.
Just weeks after the end of the season, it became clear that after his 27 goal season, Chris Wood wouldn’t be sticking around any longer at Elland Road as Premier League interest was rife. Eventually, the New Zealander made the switch from Elland Road to Turf Moor for around £15 million. It was a move that was ridiculed by The Whites at the time, but Andrea Radrizzani was so right to sell him as he had one eye on the bigger picture.
A moment in time: Leeds United sell Chris Wood
The following season, 2017/18, was something of a write off for Leeds. Whilst early season form under Thomas Christiansen gave the fans false hope of promotion or a playoff spot, the implosion came early for the club when it became clear that none of Caleb Ekuban, Pierre-Michel Lasogga or Jay-Roy Grot would be able to replicate Wood’s form in front of goal and when Christiansen was sacked and replaced by Paul Heckingbottom the damage had already been done for the season.
Then came the good news that every Leeds fan has been waiting years for. A world class manager rocked up at the club. Marcelo Bielsa was appointed my Radrizzani and the Italian had been completely forgiven for selling Wood. The Whites now look like promotion will come easily this season and if their 26-year-old striker had shown some patience then he could have been a hero at the club, going up in a more stable Leeds team.
Instead, it looks like a very different story for Wood. The striker scored 12 times in his debut campaign with Burnley but this time around he’s only managed one goal in 12 appearances. Meanwhile, his former employers are showcasing some of the most entertaining football in England and Kemar Roofe is proudly scoring goals from the position that would have been Wood’s has he stuck around and seen the bigger picture.