15 months ago, Leeds United fans were united in mourning as Chris Wood left for Burnley after the most prolific season of his career.
The New Zealand international had scored a Golden Boot-winning 27 Championship goals for The Whites in the 2016/17 season, so his move to Turf Moor left a major hole in Leeds’ attack. But, with the benefit of hindsight, has their decision to accept Burnley’s club-record £15 million bid (BBC) now been justified?
Wood certainly didn’t look like a £15 million centre-forward in The Clarets’ 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle United on Monday Night Football – something the watching Leeds fans were at pains to point out.
The 26-year-old has endured a poor season in front of goal, scoring just once in 12 Premier League games, and he never looked like adding to that tally against Rafa Benitez’s side.
Wood sliced over from close range in the first half before missing two more excellent chances after the interval and Burnley were force to pay for squandering their opportunities as they slipped to a disappointing home defeat.
In the eyes of Leeds fans, Burnley are welcome to Wood. Kemar Roofe, who has scored eight goals from 12 shots on target this season, is in far better form anyway.
I liked Wood but he used us he's one dimensional and system has to suit him he wouldn't be part of Bielsa plans of four dingles ex #LUFC players on show tonight only Taylor Lennon would get in a Bielsa squad but not as starters— Leeds Fan in Chicago (@ChicagoWhite) November 26, 2018
charlie taylor n chris wood back in the championship, would love that— sean (@GafcLufc) November 26, 2018
He had a purple patch when he first joined but Chris Wood is now showing his level... And it ain't the Premier League!!— BielsaFanBoy (@RyanLUFC91) November 26, 2018
1 goal in last 12 apps and that's supposed to be a £15m rated striker..#BURNEW #MondayNightFootball
So who wants Chris Wood back then— Bill Nettelfield (@nettelfield) November 26, 2018
Did you see the state of how poor he was tonight— Bill Nettelfield (@nettelfield) November 26, 2018
Rathe heave Chris fairclough— Mark Ramm (@LufcRammy) November 26, 2018
Really bad eh?— Andrew Burke (@andrewMOT) November 26, 2018
Chris Wood championship striker , be back soon lad #DinglesGoingDown— Karl Belston (@kbelston) November 26, 2018