Chris Wood is going from one relegation battle to another.
The forward swapped Burnley for Newcastle on Thursday, signing a two-and-a-half year deal with the Magpies.
It’s a big signing by Newcastle’s new owners, costing them £25million to activate Wood’s release clause. But he’ll be worth it if he delivers the goals needed to survive.
For some outsiders, it might be considered a sideways move by Wood. Meanwhile, the media will argue that Newcastle could have signed a bigger name given their newfound wealth.
However, from a Toon perspective, it feels like the player and club are colliding at the perfect time. But why did Wood decide to join the Magpies?
What has Chris Wood said about his Newcastle transfer?
The 30-year-old was announced as a Newcastle player on Thursday morning, and was later grilled by the media in his first press conference. Wood was asked why he decided to leave Burnley, who he joined in 2017 for £15million.
“You’ve got to look at it and see what your gut says,” he said, as reported by the Athletic.
“It felt like the right time in my career. I was comfortable and settled but nothing great ever happens in your comfort zone. You have to come out of your comfort zone to achieve greatness. This is a challenge for me.”
Wood can be perfect for this stage of the Newcastle project
Wood’s desire to push himself and step out of his comfort zone is admirable. He’s not just here for a payday.
Playing for Newcastle isn’t easy. Shy away and the crowd will suss you out. But give your all for the badge and supporters will give you everything back.
There is no substitute for hard work. As the old saying goes ‘we don’t demand a team that wins, we demand a club that tries’.
This new Newcastle certainly are trying, and are making moves to bring in the right personalities given the circumstances.
We aren’t challenging for honours, we’re fighting to stay in the division. That’s why the January transfer window is proving very difficult to navigate. Big time Charlies aren’t what we need at all.
But Wood is arriving with the right appetite. He wants to better himself at a club that has big ambitions of climbing the table. And he has the chance to play a key role in the beginning of this journey.
You don’t achieve greatness in your comfort zone, which is why Wood has swapped Turf Moor for St James’ Park.
There will be pressure on him to succeed, but we’re backing him to do just that. One thing’s for sure – he’ll get a thunderous reception on Saturday if he makes his debut against Watford.