By Richard Parks
Sky Sports pundit Tony Cascarino has claimed that multiple Premier League clubs should have jostled with Burnley for the signing of Chris Wood last summer.
The former striker has claimed that Sean Dyche’s side landed a “bargain” in the giant front man when they captured him for £15million in August.
Wood, 26, has scored nine goals in 22 matches for the Premier League club, including three strikes in the last two 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.
“Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes do not get the credit they deserve,” Cascarino said. “Wood was fantastic at Leeds and I was surprised other Premier League clubs didn’t rival Burnley last summer when they signed him for £15 million. He has power, pace and is a composed finisher — he could be a bargain.”
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 on current form.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that the club have launched a bid to sign a Premier League centre-forward in the form of his life.