Chris Wood joins Burnley for a record-breaking £15m

Burnley were the surprise of the first Premier League matchday with a surprise win against reigning champions Chelsea in a five-goal thriller involving a Sam Vokes’ double and a red card for the Blues. However, their next game against West Brom showed both defensive and offensive problems. Burnley seem to now have solved this problem, or at least bolstered the quality of their roster on the offensive side of things.

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It has been one of the hottest Premier League rumors this past week, it is now official; Chris Wood is now a Premier League player following a transfer between Leeds United and Burnley for a club-record fee of £15 million. This also makes Wood the most expensive New Zealand player in history, as well as the most expensive Oceanian in history (excluding Australia, now an AFC member). The Chris Wood saga has been going on for many weeks prior to his transfer although the fee has been mentioned in the media multiple times.

Chris Wood was the league’s top scorer last year in the Championship with an impressive tally of 27 goals in 44 appearances for Leeds United, and was one of the main artisans of their seventh-place finish by the end of the season, which sadly ruled them out of the Premier League promotion race. As for the New Zealand international (52 caps, 20 goals), this will not be his first season in the Premier League, having previously played for both Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion. He was sadly not used much by his coaches as he was an 18 year-old unexperienced forward with West Brom and that he was benched by Ulloa and Vardy with Leicester three years ago. Could this finally be the season for Chris Wood?

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