Phil Hay talks possibility of Chris Wood returning if Leeds get promoted
Chris Wood was sold for almost £15m to Burnley in the summer of 2017 and there are still some fans who want to see him come back to Elland Road.
However, according to Athletic journalist Phil Hay, too much water has gone under the bridge and he says it’s “unlikely” that he would ever come back.
Wood was the last prolific striker at the club and his 27 goals in the 16/17 season are the stuff of dreams in the Bielsa era.
Roofe was the top scorer last season with 14 goals and Bamford has almost reached that amount this season with 13 goals in 36 games.
Writing on the Athletic in a special Q&A, Hay said, “Wood took a fair amount of criticism when he left (and I’ve always maintained that he was treated slightly unfairly over the Sunderland game – much as he said he’d asked not to play, Leeds had already accepted an offer before kick-off so the idea of him playing made no sense).
“He was excellent under Monk – very able to carry the weight on a centre-forward – and he’s adapted to the Premier League. But let’s face it, it’s unlikely that he’ll ever be back here.”
Hay has more hope with one other former player, James Milner.
“Milner is one where the list of positives is endless and the list of negatives is virtually blank,” Hay added.
It’s rarely wise to look back in any walk of life and too much has happened with Wood and the fans to make a return to Elland Road likely.
However, he’s been a success in the Premier League this season, with 11 goals in 26 appearances for Burnley.
And there are a lot of Leeds fans who wish he’d never left.
Milner is a more interesting possibility. He’s said himself that he’d be open to a return to Elland Road, where his career started, although he has signed a new contract with Liverpool until 2022.
He might be 34 but fans would absolutely love him back and that has to remain a big possibility if Leeds win promotion back to the Premier League.
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