The Newcastle United made official the incorporation of Chris Wood until the summer of 2024. A signing that cost them 30 million euros, which was used to pay the release clause that the striker had in his contract with Burnley, who loses his offensive reference for the remainder of the season. A win-win for the Magpies because they strengthen a necessary position (Callum Wilson’s injury until March) and weaken a direct rival in the fight for relegation.

The New Zealand striker became the second signing of the new Magpies board after the incorporation of Kieran Trippier from Atlético de Madrid. The objective is to save himself from relegation and the signings respond to specific needs that Eddie Howe has at the moment. So we will put the magnifying glass to the signing of the striker who, despite having experience in the Premier League, is not going through his best moment.

What can Chris Wood bring to Newcastle?

– Center forward with experience in the Premier League (50 goals and 7 assists in 153 games for Burnley).

-Dominant in the aerial game, both in own area and rival. Being a piece that can offer more variants in attack to the team, taking advantage of the fact that it will have several first-level assistants: Saint-Maximin, Almirón, Fraser and Trippier.

-He offers solutions in the direct game, offering himself with constant mobility outside the area and control of his body to lower the ball offering more victories than defeats in the second balls. His back game is more than positive.

-It is a profile that can play alongside Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson, because it meets another profile. It does not have a differential technique, but it can offer variants in very specific contexts of the matches.

Despite not being the name that everyone expected, Newcastle incorporates a center forward who knows what the fight for relegation is and who can offer the necessary variants so that Eddie Howe’s team can get out of the fight for relegation.

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