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Premier League rival admits Chris Wood replacement needing time to ‘adjust’

1 month ago
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Fair to say that for many / most Newcastle United fans, Chris Wood wasn’t the kind of striker signing they were imagining for the January 2022 transfer window, with new ambitious owners in place.

Not forgetting a desperate battle against relegation lying ahead.

The fact that Eddie Howe and the new NUFC owners had agreed to pay as much as £25m for Chris Wood, then brought ridicule from so many of our enemies in the media and punditry etc. Plus indeed ridicule from many Newcastle United supporters.

After the release clause fee for Chris Wood was triggered, Sean Dyche and Burnley swooped for Wout Weghorst, the 6ft 6 Holland international striker costing only around half the £25m received for Chris Wood, bringing further ridicule on NUFC in terms of what they (supposedly) could have got with their money if shopping more astutely.

It was inevitable that Chris Wood and Wout Weghorst were going to see fans, journalists, whoever, comparing and contrasting their respective impacts on the second half of this Premier League season.

Sean Dyche now speaking to the Burnley Express about his Chris Wood replacement, Wout Weghorst:

“We need to get him to focus on him and his game.

“He is almost thinking of everything and ‘I need to do this for the team, this for the team’, and in an honest, authentic way, because that is the type of character he is.

“But maybe it is almost like ‘Okay, stop, standstill – we need to focus on your game and how you can bring yourself to work with the team.’

“I think he is still adjusting to that.”

Sean Dyche speaking now and reflecting on the disastrous 2-0 defeat at bottom club Norwich at the weekend, when despite being 1-0 down and desperately needing goals, he subbed off Wout Weghorst 11 minutes into the second half.

Burnley have now failed to score in five of their last six games, Weghorst having not contributed a single assist or goal in their last eight matches as they struggle to avoid the drop.

From what I have seen…whilst Chris Wood works his socks off every minute he is on the pitch, the 6ft 6 Weghorst doesn’t look quite so mobile.

After this weekend’s Premier League results, this is now the Wout Weghorst / Chris Wood story, in terms of impact on their new clubs since the respective January moves.

Wout Weghorst scoring one goal for his new club and the overall 12 match Premier League record at Burnley so far:

Played 12 Won 3 Drawn 3 Lost 6 (Burnley scoring 9 goals and conceding 17 in these 12 games)

With 12 points from a possible 36, Burnley averaging 1.00 points per game with Wout Weghorst in the side.

Chris Wood scoring two goals for his new club and the overall 12 match Premier League record at Newcastle United:

Played 12 Won 7 Drawn 2 Lost 3 (Newcastle  scoring 15 goals and conceding 12 in these 12 games)

With 23 points from a possible 36, Newcastle averaging 1.92 points per game with Chris Wood in the side, in his first 12 PL matches for NUFC.

(***Also worth pointing out that Chris Wood has now played 5 home games and 7 away in the Premier League for NUFC, whilst Weghorst has played 8 at home and 4 away)

Basically, Chris Wood has scored twice as many goals (2 v 1) as Wout Weghorst so far AND more importantly, helped his new club accumulate almost twice as many points (23 v 12) as Burnley.

Maybe these two tables will give an even better illustration of what has happened since the two strikers made their moves in January 2022…

This was how the Premier League table looked before Chris Wood made his Newcastle United PL debut on 15 January 2022:

Premier League Table 15 January 2022

This is how the Premier League table looks this Wednesday (13 April 2022) morning:

Premier League Table 10 March 2022

So before Chris Wood moved clubs. Newcastle United were nineteenth, one place below Burnley and behind them on goal difference.

Moving forward to the present day, Newcastle are fifteenth and three places higher than Burnley, with most importantly a 10 point advantage over the bottom three.

All of the above for me, summing up the value of Eddie Howe and the Newcastle United owners making the absolute correct and brave decision to go for a Premier League ready centre-forward in January, no matter the ridicule at the time…

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