He is 'great' and will take Leeds to next level - Chris Wood raves about senior man
By Richard Parks
Chris Wood has raved about “fantastic” Leeds United supremo Andrea Radrizzani and predicted he will take the club to the next level.
Wood, 25, quit the Championship club last month to make a £15million move to Premier League outfit Burnley after topping the league charts last season and scoring 30 goals in all competitions.
The New Zealand international has made an immediate impact at Turf Moor, with crucial goals in his first two league matches to fully justify his fee, a club record for Burnley.
Wood scored 13 goals in 37 appearances in 2015-16, with all of his strikes coming in the league, and looks back fondly at his spell at Elland Road.
“I had a great two years at Leeds, I cannot speak highly enough of the players and coaching staff and the new owner, he was fantastic with me, he is a great man and will take the club forward,” said Wood, as quoted by the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
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Radrizzani took sole control at Leeds at the end of May after initially buying a half share of the club at the start of January.
He has implemented vast changes on and off the field, notably replacing Garry Monk with Thomas Christiansen, appointing Victor Orta as director of football and sanctioning 16 new signings this summer.
The Italian businessman has also made the hugely popular move of marking his takeover by completing the re-purchase of Elland Road for around £20million.
Leeds recouped around £22million on the sales of Wood and Charlie Taylor, who joined Burnley in July for a compensation fee of around £7million, but made a string of new signings, albeit relatively inexpensive ones.
The biggest deal was the reported £3million paid to Spanish second-tier club Huesca for playmaker Samuel Saiz, who has made an immediate impact at Elland Road.
Wood is now in line to face his former club in Tuesday night’s League Cup clash at Turf Moor, with both teams expected to ring the changes after their weekend league fixtures.
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