Why Chris Wood Would Make A Massive Difference For Burnley
Rumours abound that Burnley are close to getting Chris Wood from Leeds for a price of £15million. Wood was very influential for Leeds last season and losing him is a big deal to them. So the more money they can get in order to reinvest in their squad, the better.
The 25-year-old scored 30 goals in 48 games last term and his record against the better teams really did stack up. He played 7 games against Premier League opposition, i.e. against Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield who are in the top league now and against Liverpool in the League Cup, scoring 4 times in the process.
We may take it from that, that his form doesn’t dip against better opposition or when chances are limited. In fact, Wood is the classic one chance = one goal man. So playing for a team that may yet struggle wouldn’t bother him personally too much. He would still find the net and that is crucial for Burnley.
In the Championship alone, Wood scored 27 goals in 44 games last term, compared to Andre Gray’s 23 in 41 when with Burnley in the same league. His strike-rate, therefore, is technically better and so why shouldn’t he replace Gray?
I know money in top level football bothers everyone these days and I personally hate the state it has taken us to. But in this case, Burnley would do well to stop seeing pound signs and treat their income from the Gray sale as funny money.
They got £18.5million for Gray, so spend it. A typical chairman will always try to find a way to replace the player and still bank a profit. But if you mess around, you could miss your target. Burnley need goals, and they turn into even more money if you stay in the Premier League. So the main message really is – you can’t play a bag of money up front!
Chris Wood has proven himself at Championship level and Burnley are under such a need to replace Gray. Championship’s highest scorer last term is surely a risk worth taking and there’s every chance that it could pay off.
On his part, Wood will be keen to prove himself in the Premier League and it could act as a catalyst for a goal scoring spree from the Kiwi.
All in all, Chris Wood looks like a shrewd bit of business by Burnley and a welcome one that!