You couldn’t have said it wasn’t coming, especially after being so prolific in front of goal last season with an impressive 30 goals. Yesterday it was announced through Chris Wood on his Twitter account that he will be leaving the club for a new challenge in a higher level. Welcome to modern day football ladies and gentleman. That higher level is destined to be the Premier League with Burnley who have reportedly agreed a £15 million fee for the Leeds United hitman. Before yesterday’s game at Sunderland all the talk pre-match was about how the side will cope with such a big loss. 90 minutes later and a 2-0 away win, the fans walked away from Stadium of Light with Wood now a distant memory, firmly backed up by Head Coach Thomas Christiansen as he said no one is bigger than the club.
One thing that we all collectively agree on from the club to fans is that a replacement is needed and quickly and here’s a few targets Leeds United could be looking at to replace Chris Wood.
Ross, Ross, Ross what have you become since you left us three years ago. It all looked good in the West End of London after your big money move from Leeds, scoring week in and week out in front of celebs, social influencers and even in front of the country’s only neutral stand for Fulham. That then earned yet another ridiculous transfer fee to Aston Villa and then it all went badly wrong. From Gate Gate, to mystery illness to not turning up to training. He really peeved Steve Bruce off. Now surplus to requirements and available at a cut down price, a move back to Leeds’ could be exactly what he needs to rediscover that magic touch he once had.
They say you should never go back, but part of me feels Ross has unfinished Business at Elland Road and has a lot to prove back to the fans.
A player for two seasons now has tried to force a move away from the former Premier League champions Leicester. Proven at Championship level at his time of Brighton and what could be a like for like replacement for Chris Wood. At 31 and lack of first team opportunities it could take Ulloa time to adapt to the pace of the Championship again, but he could definitely add some much needed strength and focal point the squad will desperately need after Wood’s departure.
This will raise a few eyebrows, after what was a terrible stint on loan at Leeds United under Brian McDermott’s tenure. Wickham’s career reminds me off Wood. Never really given a run of games at clubs but has all the attributes to be the leading man. After missing the majority of last season with a cruciate injury, a spell away from Palace could reignite his career. Still only 24 and home grown, a move to back to Leeds’ could be exactly what both parties need right now.
Had to be done and why not. A return back to Elland Road for Argentine Prince would be sensational. We can only dream.