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Come In Number Nine!

New number, same goals for striker Chris Wood

13 August 2019

Chris Wood is ready to deliver as the Clarets’ new number nine.

Wood has switched from squad number 11 after the departure of Sam Vokes to Stoke City in January left the shirt vacant.

And after scoring nine times in pre-season, the striker hopes his favourite number keeps coming up trumps.

“It’s a number I like to have,” said Wood.

“I have had it in a few places. I had it at Leicester and Leeds and so when it became available I thought I would take it and hopefully I will do well in it.

“It’s designed for strikers and it’s what I like to do as a number nine.

“I’m feeling in a good place and hopefully I can take that on and get off the mark as soon as possible.”

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Wood will be looking to do that at Arsenal on Saturday after strike partner Ashley Barnes did the damage in the season-opening 3-0 win over Southampton last weekend.

The two have forged a prolific partnership with the Clarets – having first played together at Brighton as promotion winners in 2010/11 – with 43 Premier League goals between them since Wood’s arrival from Leeds United in August 2017.

And Wood is targeting another fruitful campaign for himself, Barnes and the rest of the Clarets’ new-look striking department following the arrival of Jay Rodriguez.

“It always seems that we do quite well for each other. We have a good strike ratio and I hope we can keep it going,” added the New Zealand international.

“He had a sticky pre-season, but he came out firing in the season. That’s the best thing about it.

“He’s a top-class striker who has scored goals wherever he’s been.

“He had a fantastic end to last season, like we all did, and he’s kicked off in the right way this year.

“There’s always competition and that’s the best thing about it. We’ve got four quality strikers and we’re all vying to do the best we can for the team and score as many goals as possible.”

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