Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood have played together before
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Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood have played together before

Kieran Trippier was the first signing of Newcastle’s new era and Chris Wood looks all set to be the second.

Wood’s transfer fee has attracted a lot of attention but he is a proven Premier League goalscorer, with experience of scoring goals for a Burnley side who do not create a huge amount of chances.

There is also the added bonus of weakening a Premier League relegation rival, and Newcastle fans may be getting excited about seeing the pair of them in the same side.

Not many may know that the duo have actually played together before, three times during the 2010/11 season when they were at Barnsley.

Wood was sent out on a 93-day emergency loan to Barnsley in September 2010. Trippier was also there on loan, agreeing a second temporary switch from Manchester City at the start of the season.

How did they get on?

Barnsley lost all three games that Trippier and Wood played together.

On 2 October 2010, they started together as the Tykes were beaten 2-1 at home to Cardiff, with former Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy opening the scoring for the visitors.

Later that month, Wood came off the bench to play alongside Trippier for 16 minutes of a 3-0 defeat against Burnley – who the Englishman later went on to play for too.

They also started together in another 3-0 away defeat before the end of October 2010, this time against Coventry.

Wood, who was a teenage striker at this stage, saw his loan deal terminated early in November 2010, after seven appearances without a goal at Oakwell.

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Obviously, there has been plenty of water under the bridge since these appearances together and both Trippier and Wood have gone on to become seasoned internationals.

Trippier already looks like a leader and someone who will set standards in the dressing room. He also knows what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.

So does Wood, and while he may not be the flashiest signing, he is a pragmatic one who is as capable as any player Newcastle could realistically have signed this month of scoring the goals to fire them to safety.

The pair share the same agent and may share a laugh about the fact they have played together before when they reunite at St James’ Park.

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