'They let you know it very loudly' - Chris Wood makes admission about negativity from Leeds fans
Burnley striker Chris Wood has suggested that some Leeds United fans were over-critical of him during his spell at Elland Road.
Wood, 28, played for the Whites between 2015 and 2017 before he eventually left to join Burnley in a deal worth around £15million.
The New Zealand international scored 44 goals in 88 appearances across all competitions for Leeds to make him one of the club’s most prolific strikers of the 21st century.
However there were times when Wood wasn’t firing on all cylinders and he admits that fans may have gotten on his back a bit too much during those dry spells in front of goal.
“At Leeds, I had a bit of a rough patch, it wasn’t always smooth sailing, but in the end, it came good and it was a good time [in my career],” Wood told Goals on Sunday, as quoted by LeedsLive.
“Passionate is definitely a word for it [Leeds fans]. When they are behind you and they love you they are one of the best fans in the country.
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“But if they don’t take to you or have a bit of a hold against you they will let you know about it and they let you know it very loudly and very vocally.
“But that’s because they have such a big fan base and they have high expectations of what the club should be and hopefully they will get back [to the Premier League] one day.”
Wood does make a good point but you will be lucky to join any club in England where the fans will not criticise you for bad performances.
The way Wood left Elland Road should be criticised but on the pitch, he usually played really well and scored a lot of goals.
Leeds haven’t had a prolific goalscorer since Wood left and there’s no doubt he would have more goals than Patrick Bamford this season if he was still at the club.
Since leaving Leeds, Wood’s decision to step up to the Premier League has perhaps been justified with 35 goals in 101 total appearances for Burnley.
It’s good to see him doing well there but we wish he didn’t leave the way he did.
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