Sky pundit: Multiple PL clubs should have tried to sign 'brilliant' player from Leeds
By Richard Parks
Sky Sports pundit Tony Cascarino has claimed that multiple Premier League clubs should have tried to beat Burnley to the signing of Chris Wood last summer.
The former striker has claimed that Sean Dyche’s side landed a “brilliant” recruit in the giant spearhead when they captured him for £15million in August.
Wood, 26, has scored 10 goals in 24 matches for the Premier League club, including four strikes in the last four games since returning from a two-month injury lay-off.
Writing in the Times, Cascarino, who has a regular slot on Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily programme, explained how he has been impressed by the Burnley front men, and especially Wood.
“Burnley’s striking duo have been up there with the best, they have been brilliant,” Cascarino wrote in the Times. “As a pair, they have done as well as anybody. Sam Vokes came on on Saturday to score the equaliser for Burnley, and I cannot believe more teams did not go after Chris Wood last summer.
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“Vokes, Woods and Ashley Barnes — that is a front three built in the Burnley way. These are three forwards of whom a lot of clubs would be envious.”
Football Insider verdict:
Were it not for the knee problem that kept Wood out for nearly two months earlier this year, it is likely that his blooming partnership with Ashley Barnes would have had more time to wreak havoc in the top flight. The hulking Kiwi has certainly made a decent fist of his second spell in the Premier League after failing to make an impact at Leicester. He moves well for a 6ft 3in striker and has carried his clinical Championship finishing into the top flight. The best compliment you can pay Wood is that few defenders will want to face him at the weekend, and he has made the gap between the second and first tiers of English football appear a small one.
In other Leeds United news, a 24-year-old is unlikely to play for the club ever again after events on Saturday.