By the time you have read this article Christopher Wood, a thirty goal striker will be smiling with a claret and blue Burnley shirt on. I ask now what are the ambitions of Leeds United FC?
The club has experienced a productive summer, ten signings brought in and the whole club brought bit by bit into a club run properly. However, will it now be Wood that is the 'sacrificial lamb' to pay for all this.
We had at our disposal a striker that had plundered the Championship last season and although he's started to fire one or two blanks, sooner or later the goals will come and now he'll be wearing a different shirt.
Had Leeds told any suitor to 'shove their money up their a#%e and sideways!' It would have shown the fans finally that money isn't everything, now Radrizzani follows Cellino, GFH and Bates by allowing another prized asset out of the front door of Elland Road. If I get some 'stick' for saying this I don't care because look at the list, it speaks for itself
Cook, Taylor, Byram and Mowatt
Snodgrass, Howson, McCormack to mention a few under Bates.
We now understand that the decision to bow out of Saturday's game and leave is solely in Wood's hands, but this still does not speak highly of our club.
Talent has now slipped through our fingers once again and we've languished in the second and third tier of English football for the fourteenth season.
I agree that in some cases Leeds would have struggled to meet the monies offered by other clubs but in Wood's situation I think that the club should have stood firm and rebuffed the bids and made it evident to the player that no bid would meet his valuation.
Leeds now have to replace the talismanic striker and it won't or shouldn't be a cheap option. An on form Jordan Rhodes may be a option but it needs to be a proven goal scorer not somebody Orta has seen on YouTube!
I'm disappointed, dismayed and annoyed by the sale of Wood and I just hope it's not ruined all the great work that Andrea Radrizzani had done in previous months.
This was one transfer when the answer should have been NO!
It's ok to put forward a view of ambition but quite another to stick to your guns and actually show it.
By Keith Ingham