Signing Chris Wood is “much more than a transfer” and would “destroy” the Burnley players

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards says the Burnley players would be “extremely devastated” by Chris Wood’s loss to Newcastle.

Striker Wood moved from 18th place Burnley to 19th place Newcastle United this week after Magpies activated his release clause.

Now Burnley has been left scrambling to find a replacement that they hope will lift them above both fourth-placed Newcastle and Watford and out of the relegation zone.

Richards, who has been a monetary analyst since his retirement, wrote in the Daily Mail: “This is much more than a transfer. This is something that could dramatically change the future of two clubs.”

He continued: “People wondered why Newcastle had paid so much money for a striker, who had become the most expensive player aged 30 or over in the history of the Premier League, and whose contract would have expired in 18 months.

“I certainly haven’t – he’s a good signing and in many ways perfect for them. In the short term, he won’t need to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.

“He wouldn’t have been the first striker that Newcastle fans wanted to sign under their new owners, but if the worst happened and they went down, he would be the perfect man to lead them out of the tournament.

“I don’t see a promotion on Newcastle’s radar next year. Why? They have brought in one of the nine best performing strikers in the Premier League over the last four years. Don’t believe my words – just look at the numbers.

“From 2017 to 2018 until the end of last season, the only players with double goals in each campaign were Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Sadio Mane, Raheem Sterling, Alexandre Lacazette, Son Heung-min and Pierre. – Emeric Aubameyang. …and Chris Wood.

“When you consider he is the only player in that group who has not appeared in the Champions League, it gives his consistency an extra polish. He has scored 49 times in 144 Premier League games for Burnley and made seven more goals. A big reason why Sean Dyche’s side have established themselves. In first class.

“So Newcastle have improved their team with high quality, but most importantly they have significantly undercut one of their competitors.”

Richards continued, “I have no doubt Daichi would be angry about what happened, in the same way that Arsene Wenger was in the late 2000s and early 2000s.

At that time, Manchester City bought four players from Arsenal in quick succession – Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri – and also tried to sign Robin van Persie.

“When you get stronger at the expense of the team you want to outrun, your task becomes much easier.”

Speculating on the effect the deal would have on Burnley’s morale, Richards said, “I can imagine what it would be like in a Burnley dressing room. They would be so frustrated to see their focal point wonder what opportunity they had.”

“Daichi, who has done such a great job, will feel exactly the same. Fans will be similarly desperate.

Wood is expected to make his Newcastle debut against Watford at St James’ Park this afternoon.


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