By Danny Mills

20th Mar, 2022 | 12:42pm

Newcastle United news: 'Mind-blowing' Chris Wood claim issued after source's reveal - Mills

Chris Wood moved to Newcastle United for the “mind-blowing” money and always knew he was going to be a “stop-gap”.

That is the view of ex-Middlesbrough and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as Wood’s barren run in front of goal continues.

The 30-year-old has only scored once in 10 appearances for Newcastle since his January move from Burnley.

A Newcastle source told Football Insider on Tuesday (15 March) Callum Wilson is confident of returning from a calf injury for the final five games of the season.

Asked what impact that might have on Wood, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “He was always going to be worried about his place knowing he was a stop-gap as much as anything else,”

“Let’s be honest, the contract he was offered was probably mind-blowing compared to what he was on at Burnley.

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“Having scored three goals this season he probably thought all of his Christmases had come at once. Before they even finished the sentence he would have said ‘Yes, I’m off. The taxi is booked, I’m going’.

“He probably knew once players are fit he has to fight for a place and is unlikely to be first-choice.

“But he’s at a massive club, going places with a whole new set of challenges to go through. It’s more exciting and he’s probably happy to be in the squad every week, playing a fair amount of games.

“He probably thinks ‘At the stage I’m at in my career, this has been a really good move for me still’.”

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