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Tony Cascarino is spot on about latest Newcastle United signing as Chris Wood joins Kieran Trippier

2 weeks ago
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Tony Cascarino has been looking at Newcastle United’s latest signing.

Thursday morning seeing the announcement that Chris Wood had joined Newcastle after they met the striker’s release clause.

A lot of debate about this particularly signing, with Wood having turned 30 in December and the release clause figure reported to be between £20m and £25m.

However, Tony Cascarino has no doubts about this particular Newcastle United move in the transfer market.

Tony Cascarino reacting to Chris Wood signing for Newcastle United : Writing in The Times – 13 January 2022:

‘I’ve always said that clubs sometimes just have to sign a player for a year or two to help them get where they want to be, and that’s what Newcastle United have done by signing Chris Wood…I think it’s a very shrewd and sensible signing, because if you look at where Newcastle are in the table, they’re in a very dangerous position.’

The new owners and head coach have inherited a desperate relegation fight due to Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce. So it is a case of signing the best players it is possible to sign at this particular time, not daydream of signing players that might have been possibilities if Newcastle weren’t in this relegation trouble.

‘Eddie Howe, the Newcastle head coach, has worked out what they need to do to stay in the Premier League, so he has signed Kieran Trippier, who is a very good set-piece taker and crosser of the ball, and Wood, who leads the line well and scores goals. And if the worst comes to the worst and Newcastle go down, he’ll score goals for them in the Championship.’

It is almost as though Eddie Howe and the NUFC owners have put some thought into this and have a plan…

‘He’s so undervalued. If there’s one player that has kept Burnley in the top flight over the past few years, it’s Wood. In the past two seasons he has scored 12 and 14 goals in the league and he’s got double digits for every year he’s been there. That’s not easy. He’s a one in three man, which is not a bad ratio. This has been his toughest year but I think that’s because all his partners have not done very well or have been injured.’

When Tony Cascarino talks of Chris Wood being a ‘one in three man’ I think the stats show that he is even better than that.

In his four full Premier League seasons with Burnley:

Started 127 PL games, sub off the bench in another 17, 46 goals scored in 9,424 minutes on the pitch at an average of 205 minutes per goal. That is not too far off a goal every two games’ worth of minutes (180).

Even including this current season, the stats still stand up:

Started 144 PL games, sub off the bench in another 17, 49 goals scored in 10,802 minutes on the pitch at an average of 220 minutes per goal.

Very few strikers beating Chris Wood’s record in the Premier League when it comes to scoring goals in these last four and a half years.

‘He’ll love the challenge of playing in front of 52,000 every week. I would have loved to have played for Newcastle. I remember scoring a hat-trick away to Sunderland in one of my final games for Gillingham. About 200 Newcastle fans had bought tickets in the away end and were singing my name with the Gillingham fans. I came away laughing and thinking: “What a club!”

More than a few Newcastle United fans also came away from that match in 1987 laughing, as Tony Cascarino and Gillingham having relegated Sunderland in the play-offs.

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