Can Burnley’s New Signing Help Cement Premier League Status Even Further?

As we all know, the talk of bringing the transfer deadline day forward to before the season starts hasn’t come into fruition yet and that’s given Burnley the chance to make their sixth signing of the summer.

Coming up from Championship side Leeds United is striker, Chris Wood. Wood, who has already had stints in the Premier League with West Brom and Leicester City, is making the step up off the back of an impressive 2016/17 campaign with Leeds.

The 25 year old finished last season as the Championship’s top scorer with 27 goals and looks to be ready to make is mark on the Premier League. Those 27 goals of last year took his Leeds tally to 44 goals in 88 games which is a very consistent record for the last two seasons of a career which has seen him bag 101 goals in 293 club games.

On his return to the top flight, Wood said: “My ambition has been to play in the Premier League for years

“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 what I want to do.”

With the New Zealand international being significantly younger than Burnley’s other new boy up top in Jonathan Walters, it’s likely that he’ll be the one leading the line for the claret and blues.

However, with Burnley making it to their second consecutive Premier League season for the first time, it’s not going to be an easy task. It may not take Wood too long to adapt to not playing for one of the league’s top teams though as for New Zealand who are much more renowned for their rugby, he’s managed to score 20 times in 52 games as well as taking the responsibility of becoming his country’s youngest captain in November 2014 at the age of 22.

On the task ahead the striker said: “There have been some great additions this summer, which I’m sure has given everyone an added boost, to move forward and cement us as a Premier League team and looking on further up the league.

“The manager has given me a lot of confidence and backed me to bring me here, which is what you want.

“I’ve still got a lot of good years ahead of me. I’ve got lots of ambitions to achieve in the future. I’ve got goals and dreams that I want to achieve and it starts here.”

So, it looks like there’s even more stuff to look forward to for Burnley fans, even after that opening day victory over champions Chelsea, they’ll be hoping that their newest signing can pick up from where he left off as quickly as possible though as they face another tough test away at Tottenham, you can catch that on Sky Sports at 4 o’clock as part of Super Sunday.