How Twitter reacted to Burnley signing Chris Wood from Leeds United
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:
📰 Chris Wood has left Leeds United to join Burnley for an undisclosed fee. We wish Chris well for his future pic.twitter.com/ePANcX2Zsp
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 21, 2017
Reports this morning that Burnley have agreed a £15m+add-ons deal for Chris Wood.
Well. That's Leeds f*cked. pic.twitter.com/o6XOFjigUH
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 19, 2017
Had to laugh when Sky sports showed Wood arriving for medical at Man City because Burnley don't have the facilities. Big club eh!#lufc
— MarkT 💙💛 (@Markthd6) August 21, 2017
— Karen Fazackerley (@KarenFaz) August 21, 2017
Burnley fans were mixed on the move:
If Chris Wood scores at Ewood on Wednesday, he is one of the best strikers we've ever had 3 days in! #twitterclarets
— Danny (@_bfcdanny) August 21, 2017
Of all our big money signings, ice been the least enthusiastic about Chris Wood. He's been junk every time I've seen him. #twitterclarets
— Dr Harronz (@quoonbeatz) August 21, 2017
Most Leeds fans were understandably concerned by the sale:
Bit worried about where the goals are going to come from now Chris Wood has departed… Should get a good replacement with the money #LUFC
— Chris Fletcher (@C_Fletch44) August 21, 2017
Disappointed at Wood leaving but that's a great fee for someone who doesn't want to play for us #lufc
— Andrew Knox (@aknox158) August 21, 2017
Although a few thought it was a blessing in disguise:
Will be so funny when Taylor and Wood go down whilst we go up. But it was their ambition to play at Burnley so they should expect it!! #lufc
— Super Leeds United (@superlufc1919) August 21, 2017