Leeds United told to sign Chris Wood from Newcastle United as Eddie Howe transfer update emerges - Sky Sports pundit
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Paul Robinson has told Leeds United to make a move to re-sign Chris Wood from Newcastle United in order to add a proven number nine to Jesse Marsch’s squad.
Leeds have been linked with a number of forwards already this month with Fabrizio Romano reporting on 8 January that the Yorkshire giants are in advanced talks to sign Hoffenheim’s Georginio Rutter.
However, Robinson wants an out-and-out striker to join Leeds who has a track record of being able to score goals in the Premier League.
Wood, 31, has found himself on the fringes of the Newcastle squad after joining them from Burnley last January and Robinson believes the New Zealand centre-forward is a perfect option for Marsch and Victor Orta.
“They can’t make do without a striker,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“They’ve made do for too long. Rodrigo, Dan James, Jack Harrison, Patrick’s played there when he’s fit and they’ve made do.
“It’s an area they’re short in and it’s quite obvious. They’re lacking going forward, they’re lacking an out-and-out number nine.
“Bamford did it for one season but since that season he’s been nowhere near it with his form, he’s been injured and there’s no sign of him getting anywhere near back to that form.
“It’s not right to make do and wait for Bamford so if there’s money there, go out and spend it on a decent, proven striker. Not one who scores six or eight goals a year, not one who plays as a wide player, go and get someone who can challenge for the number nine spot every week and score goals.
“Somebody like Chris Wood.
“If Callum Wilson’s fit and comes back for them, go and spend a few quick on bringing Wood back to keep them in the Premier League.”
Wood left Leeds for Burnley in 2017 after scoring 44 goals in 88 appearances for the West Yorkshire club.
Newcastle signed him last year for £25million but has just five goals in 38 appearances for them.
The Athletic reported on 6 January that Eddie Howe is determined to not lose Wood this month with Wilson and Alexander Isak suffering from injuries.
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