Updated: Jan 16
Newcastle United's most recent recruit could prove to be one of the most important signings in the club's history. Chris Wood officially signed for Newcastle on Wednesday and made his debut on Saturday against Watford in what was a crucial fixture between two clubs fighting at the bottom. There's no question after the very disappointing result against Cambridge United in the FA Cup third round last Saturday, Newcastle needed to bring in a player who can provide a vocal point and goals. With Callum Wilson sidelined for a significant period of time, it was crucial the board and dugout acted quickly once the window opened. They've brought in a player who gives you what you need from a front man in terms of his confidence in front of goal, his hold up play and his aerial ability. Most Important what you will get from Chris Wood is a player who will give 100% in every game, which is what the team needs sitting 19th in the League.
This seems the most logical transfer so far this window. As not only have Newcastle purchased a proven Premier League striker with experience and a consistent goal-scoring record, but they've taken away a relegation rival's front man with Burnley now having to replace his services. There has been an element of negativity around this transfer, however I struggle to see those negatives which certain segments of the media have been pushing out. Despite being emphasized that Chris Wood is now the most expensive 30+ year old striker in the Premier League, what the £25 Million fee gives you is a very strong goal scoring record. Currently sitting on 50 Premier League goals since moving from the Championship to the Premier League, Chris Wood has hit double figures in every domestic season since 2017. Most notably in his first season with The Claret's where he finished the club's top goalscorer which led them to achieving Europa League Football. With the service the North-East side can provide from those wide areas with the likes of Kieran Trippier, Matt Ritchie, Ryan Fraser and Allan Saint Maximin occupying those positions, it's critical they utilize the New Zealand International to the best of his ability.
It's a huge five months for this football club, and Chris Wood is now key to directing this team to success and ensuring Newcastle are playing Premier League football next season. If he hits the ground running like he did with Burnley, the 30 Year old will be en route to hero status on Tyneside.