BT Sport pundit Ian Wright looks on prior to the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City.
Match Of The Day pundits Danny Murphy and Ian Wright were full of praise for Chris Wood for his performance for Burnley as they beat Bournemouth 2-1 in the Premier League.
Wood scored the opener for the Clarets at the Vitality Stadium, but it was the striker's all round play that impressed the duo the most.
Chris Wood of Burnley is challenged by Steve Cook of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match at Vitality Stadium.
"I watched Chris Wood in the Confederations Cup for New Zealand and he looked a little ponderous," said Wright. "Maybe it was the opposition he was up against.
"You saw flashes of him being the focal point, holding the ball, bringing the team up with him, running channels. He's a real willing runner and watching him now he looks so much sharper and more aware."
Murphy added: "He knows how to play the role really well. He came on at Spurs for Burnley earlier in the season and changed the game - got the goal and the equaliser when they didn't have a chance.
"He's got real potential. Clever signing."
Chris Wood of Burnley celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Carabao Cup Third Round match against Leeds United.
Wood joined the Lancashire side from Leeds United over the summer in a club record £15m deal (BBC) after top-scoring in the Championship in 2016/17 with 27 goals.
The 25-year-old left Elland Road with a certain amount of bad feeling towards him with it claimed he refused to play for the Whites against Sunderland in the game before his departure, but the forward has since denied this in the Independent saying the decision was made for him.
Either way it was a blow for Leeds to lose their main focus in attack, although initially under new head coach Thomas Christiansen it looked like they might adapt without him and spread the goals throughout the team rather than relying on one player.
However, a strong start has since tapered off and despite winning two of their last three league outings, they have still lost eight of their last 12 to drop to eighth in the table.
In the absence of Wood, Christiansen has struggled to find a solution upfront, with new signing Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Kemar Roofe and more recently Caleb Ekuban all used in the role this term.
Yet if the New Zealander was still at the Yorkshire side would they be genuine title contenders now, with the attacker having the ability to operate like Lasogga as the target-man but also be creative in the buildup like Roofe?
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