Newcastle United have signed Chris Wood, and, on the surface, this looks like quite a clever signing.
The New Zealander has been scoring goals at Premier League level for a number of years, while signing your biggest relegation rivals’ star striker would seemingly be a clever way to weaken a competitor.
Or is it?
David Seaman thinks that Sean Dyche will be fuming with this sale, but should he be?
Think about it, Wood is a 30-year-old striker who has scored just three goals this season, and Burnley have just received £25m for him – for any other club in any other situation, you’d call that a great deal.
£25m is a lot of money, even in modern football, and it really shouldn’t be that hard for Burnley to find a striker for that sort of fee who can score more goals than Wood.
Just this summer strikers such as Odsonne Edouard, Emmanuel Dennis, Joshua King and Hwang Hee-Chan have arrived in the Premier League for less than £25m – and every single one of those strikers have outscored Wood this term.
There has been so much talk about how losing Wood will weaken Burnley, and if he’s not replaced they will miss him, but with £25m in the bank, they shouldn’t find it too difficult to find a centre-forward who can better his output.
Yes, Wood has been a great servant over the years, but after scoring just three goals in half a season, it’s not unreasonable to say there’s better out there for £25m.
PIF may have thought they were being very clever by signing Wood and weakening a rival, but if Burnley can spend this windfall on a shiny new striker, this deal may end up inadvertently hampering Newcastle’s chances of staying in the Premier League.