Karl Robinson blasts Leeds decision over 25-year-old
By Harvey Byrne
Outspoken Charlton manager Karl Robinson has blasted Leeds’ decision to allow Chris Wood to leave for Premier League outfit Burnley, claiming they can’t replace his talents.
The 25-year-old New Zealand international left Elland Road earlier in the summer for the English top-flight in a deal thought to be worth £15million.
The move comes after Wood finished as Leeds’ top scorer in the last campaign, bagging a fine 30 goals from 48 matches in all competitions.
Leeds have since brought in youngster Jay-Roy Grot and are reportedly chasing another striker for the first team, but Robinson has stated he would have put up a fight to keep Wood, believing he was too good to be replaced and that Thomas Christiansen won’t be able to spend the full £15million.
“Was he their best player? It would be unfair to say that about the rest of their team, but he was their most influential player and one of the best in the Championship,” said Robinson, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
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“At some stage you’ve got to hold your hands up and accept he’s going to move on, but I’d like to think that I would fight to keep the best player.
“When do you ever get the full £15m [to spend]? Most managers will tell you if it’s £20m they’ll probably get £10m. How often do you ever see someone going for that kind of money in the lower leagues and the manager gets the full amount?
“You can’t replace him for £15m. You might get two players for £7m each, but that won’t replace the one quality player you’ve got. Chris Wood had everything, the power, strength and ball retention.”
Wood’s stay at Leeds came to an end after just two years having made the switch from Leicester in the summer of 2015 for a fee believed to be around £2.5million and £3million.
His time at Elland Road was a slight mixed bag, as despite last season many fans felt that he was not good enough in his debut campaign.
However, he still did manage a fine return of 44 goals in 88 matches in total and fans will be expecting the club to replace Wood if they are to continue with their ambitions of winning promotion back to the Premier League.
In other Leeds news, David Prutton has predicted the Whites’ clash against Nottingham Forest.