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Wood Ready To Make His Mark

Boss Sean Dyche believes time right for new signing Chris Wood to hit the Premier League

21 August 2017

Sean Dyche believes Chris Wood can take his game to new heights after finally getting the chance to be a proven Premier League performer with the Clarets.

Burnley’s new record buy has had two brief tastes of top-flight football with West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City.

But having never previously made it into the starting line-up for a Premier League game, the 25-year-old striker is now ready to make his mark at the highest level – according to Dyche.

The Burnley boss said: “He’s come at a good age with a good experience level and still more to come in the Premier League.

“I think there’s still potential left in him, not only to do well now but to continue maturing as a player.

“He brings a thirst for a goal, which obviously you want in any striker, and he brings a belief in himself.

“I think that’s grown over a few seasons and he’s a player I’ve liked for a long time now.”

Wood has joined the Clarets on a four-year deal after ending a prolific two-year stint at Leeds United, where he was the Championship’s 27-goal top scorer last season.

The New Zealand international has over 100 career goals to his name at a strike-rate of better than one in three.

And following the departure of Andre Gray to Watford just before the start of the new season, Dyche feels Wood will help bring an extra dimension to the Clarets’ attacking options.

“You always keep an eye on these players to see when the timing’s right for you to try and attempt to get them and we thought it was right now,” Dyche added.

“And not just because of Andre. It’s someone we had been looking at anyway. It heightened it with Andre moving on and it gives him (Wood) a chance to come and be part of what we do here.

“We’ve learned over our Premier League seasons you need to affect games in different ways.

“You come across a lot of different tactical problems and scenarios and different strikers can effect different situations and I think that’s what we’ve looked to do by bringing Chris in.”

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