Chris Wood looks set to become Newcastle United’s second January signing, meaning a new shirt number will need to be given out.
The 30-year-old is reportedly set to join the Magpies from Burnley, who activated his release clause. The Telegraph state he will cost Newcastle between £20million and £25million.
It’s an expensive signing for Newcastle, but one that makes complete sense. Wood has stacks of Premier League experience, and fills a gaping hole in our squad.
Hopefully he’ll make his Toon debut against Watford on Saturday, but which shirt number could he wear?
What shirt number has Chris Wood wore in the past?
Wood has spent most of his career as a number nine. That’s the number he currently wears for Burnley and New Zealand. He was also number nine during his two-year spell with Leeds United.
Of course, the number nine is famous at Newcastle United, and is currently worn by Callum Wilson, who was given it at the start of the season by Joelinton.
At the start of his Burnley career, Wood was their number 11 – but that shirt is occupied by Matt Ritchie at St James’ Park.
His West Brom number isn’t available either, with Kieran Trippier becoming Newcastle’s number 15 last week.
One option for Wood could be 39 – the jersey he wore back when he was with Leicester City. That number is owned by Rodrigo Vilca according to the club’s website, but there was recently talk that he could leave on loan again this month.
Which other shirt numbers are available at Newcastle?
There aren’t too many exciting numbers available for the forward – if you think numbers are exciting.
Matty Longstaff’s return means the number four probably isn’t available, although that doesn’t suit a striker anyway.
The smallest number that is definitely available is 13, but picking that might depend on how superstitious he is… 13 was previously worn by Yoshinori Muto and Islam Slimani, which could be ominous for Wood.
Other options are 20, 22, 25, 28 and 30.
As a prediction, we think Wood will wear the number 25 – the amount of millions of pounds it’s costing to bring him to St James’ Park.