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Chris Wood makes it eight goals in six appearances – Can’t stop scoring

3 months ago
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Whilst there is an ongoing debate / argument amongst Newcastle United fans about Chris Wood…

When it comes to his national side there are zero doubts for the New Zealand public about the Kiwi striker.

Monday saw Chris Wood in action for his country, playing against Fiji in a World Cup group qualifier, the NUFC forward went into the game on 28 international goals for his country, one behind record holder Vaughan Coveny.

The Newcastle United striker scoring one in each half as he helped his country to a 4-0 win, moving onto 30 goals and becoming the new New Zealand record holder.

Today (Thursday 24 March), New Zealand were back in action in another World Cup qualifier, however, Chris Wood named amongst the subs.

The Kiwis brought the Newcastle United January signing on in the 71st minute and he still scored two goals, which makes it eight goals for Chris Wood in his last six appearances for New Zealand. Those goals today in a 7-1 demolition job on New Caledonia, means that Chris Wood is now on 32 goals for New Zealand, three clear of the next highest.

Fair to say that there has been a fair bit of debate since the arrival of Chris Wood at St James Park.

Ever since Newcastle United activated the release clause in the Burnley striker’s contract, by paying £25m back on 11 January (2022).

Some ten weeks after signing, Chris Wood has been a total failure…if you listen to some people, pointing to only one goal scored so far.

However, on the other side of the debate, plenty of Newcastle fans able to see that the set up isn’t exactly playing to the striker’s strengths in terms of goal threat, with very few quality dangerous crosses heading his way.

Instead, Chris Wood asked to do a largely thankless job for the team, his workrate exceptional and he has started all 10 Premier Leagues since signing, playing every minute of those ten games.

In the first 19 Premier League games of the season, Newcastle United won one of them and picked up 11 points in total.

In the 10 Premier League matches with Chris Wood playing, Newcastle United have won six of them, drawn two and only lost two, picking up 20 points in total when he has been on the pitch.

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