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Leeds United missed big opportunity with Chris Wood

Leeds United have long lacked depth in the striker department and this season, it’s been a huge area of concern.

After a 17-goal campaign in 2020/21, leading talisman Patrick Bamford has missed the bulk of the current campaign due to injury and as Marcelo Bielsa’s only senior striker, that’s worrying.

Indeed, the England international has made only six league appearances, which includes just one 22-minute cameo since mid-September. He has missed 17 of their last 18 outings, as per Transfermarkt.

Was it a mistake to sell Chris Wood?

YES!

YES!

NO!

NO!

Meanwhile, during the January transfer window, as the Yorkshire giants failed to make any additions, one of their former forwards made a multi-million-pound switch to one of their relegation rivals.

Chris Wood joined Newcastle United for £25m after the Saudi-backed Magpies activated his release clause at Burnley, where he had been since his £15m exit from Elland Road back in 2017.

Where’s is Wood now?

It was perhaps a mark of desperation in the fact that Eddie Howe needed a new striker and time was running out but it goes to show just how big an opportunity the Yorkshiremen missed at the time.

Thomas Christiansen was the manager to sanction his departure – considering he was valued at £5.4m by Transfermarkt at the time, it looked to be a decent decision.

However, the pressing need for frontline depth and his subsequent form away from the club will surely raise question marks as to why they let him go so soon.

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Of course, the appeal of a Premier League side was always going to be tricky to combat but make no mistake, the Whites are a much bigger club than the Clarets and eventually, they would become a top-flight team once again.

The 30-year-old marksman has hit double figures in every season since his Leeds departure, with a career-best of 14 goals from 29 starts coming in the 2019/20 campaign, as per WhoScored.

Over the course of his career now, he has bagged a total of 154 goals, proving to be a prolific marksman indeed.

Former teammate of Wood at Millwall, Scott Malone, once described the New Zealand international as “frightening” on the training pitch (via Sky Sports), whilst Magpies legend Alan Shearer believes he’s a “focal point” up top.

Oh how Bielsa could do with someone of this ilk, so in hindsight, Christiansen made a massive mistake in selling Wood back in the day.

AND in other news, Journalist drops worrying Leeds summer transfer claim

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