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How Twitter reacted to Burnley signing Chris Wood from Leeds United

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Burnley have announced the signing of Chris Wood from Leeds United for a fee believed to be around £15 million, according to BBC Sport. This is a club record deal for the Clarets and shows their ambition to become established as a Premier League team.

The New Zealand international becomes the sixth summer signing for Sean Dyche’s team, signing a four-year deal. It was important that they signed a new striker to replace Andre Gray, who was allowed to join Watford earlier in the window. Although Wood is unproven in the Premier League, it could be argued that he is a better fit for Burnley.

Dyche will look to play a direct style this season and Wood will fit perfectly into that. He is excellent in the air as he showed on numerous occasions last season. The 25-year-old had a breakout year for Leeds United, as he finished top scorer of the Championship with 27 goals in 44 matches. There was always likely to be interest from Premier League clubs and he is deserving of a move. After the transfer was announced, the striker spoke of his excitement about making the step up to the top flight:

“I’ve had tastes of being in there but I’ve never had the chance to give it a proper bash. Coming here I feel I’ve got a proper opportunity to do that. I’ve never started a Premier League game and this is what I want to do.”

There is always an element of risk when it comes to signing a player that is unproven in the Premier League, but this is a transfer that has been well thought out by Burnley. It would have been unwise to replace Gray with a similar player, as he didn’t suit their system last season in the Premier League. Wood is a more physical presence, in addition to being a talented player.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

Burnley fans were mixed on the move:

Most Leeds fans were understandably concerned by the sale:

Although a few thought it was a blessing in disguise:

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Burnley · Leeds United · Transfers
Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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