Chris Wood slams Leeds for the Sunderland rumour

Burnley & Chris Wood

Back in the summer transfer window, Burnley signed Chris Wood from Leeds United.

The Premier League side paid 15 million pounds for last season’s Championship top scorer.

The 25-year-old New Zealand attacker scored 27 goals in 44 appearances for Leeds last season.

So far Wood has settled into his new surroundings at Burnley with ease.

He scored on his Premier League debut against Tottenham at Wembley. And he followed that up with Burnley’s winner against Crystal Palace.

Wood also scored for Burnley against Leeds in the League Cup.

Leeds v Sunderland rumour

In the days leading up to Wood’ move from Leeds to Burnley, it was claimed the striker refused to play in a match against Sunderland.

Indeed, after the deal completed, Leeds announced: “Leeds United are advising any fans who have ‘Wood 9’ printed on the back of a 2017/18 home or away replica shirt that they are able to return the item to our club shop and exchange it for a new blank replica shirt.”

But, according to the striker on Friday, the Sunderland story isn’t true. Speaking to the Independent, Wood said:

Nobody understands that the bid Burnley put in was subject to me not playing against Sunderland. And everybody thinks that I refused to play. But it was out of my hands.

The bid went in at 3pm on the Friday and got accepted at 5pm on the Friday. It was completely out of my hands whether I played or not. Burnley took that out of the equation, because they didn’t want the worst to happen.

They knew the bid was going in, and the bid was going to be accepted that Friday.

They played the game to make sure they don’t look bad in front of the fans.

For the record, at the time of the Sunderland game, Wood posted the following on social media:


GAMBLING CAN BE ADDICTIVE, PLEASE PLAY RESPONSIBLY