Eddie Howe has waxed lyrical (as they say) about our new signing Chris Wood from Burnley, during Howe’s press conference this morning.
And although the Kiwi was expensive at a whopping £25M, he seems like an excellent buy and the deal has weakened one of our relegation candidates in the process.
We must say his attitude seems spot on, and if Wood was in the side last weekend against Cambridge, surely he could have tapped one of those many chances in the first half, into the back of the net.
That would have helped relax the Newcastle side, who seemed nervous from the start.
Not to mention all the crosses that came into the opposition box during the game that were almost all headed clear by an inspired Cambridge United defense.
Here’s what Howe had to say about Wood this morning:
“We’re really pleased with the signing of Chris.” “I think he will fit in really well into the team.”
“He is experienced and ready to play, and he’s done very well historically for Burnley.”
“He knows the Premier League and I think he gives us something different to what we have.”
“I think all those qualities mixed together to make it a really powerful signing for us.”
“I think he was the right man.”
“The fact he’s a little bit different to what we’ve had, and I have never been shy in saying this, I admire tall physical strikers who can give you a platform to play.”
“I have signed many down the years.”
“Look at last week, we put in 30 crosses into the box, we were crying out for somebody with his strengths.”
“His qualities will be valuable to us in both boxes.””But most importantly he knows the league and nothing will surprise him.”
“He is going to be hugely motivated to play well for Newcastle and lead us in the position we’re in.”
“He has the experience of being in a dogfight, and nothing will be new to him or faze him.”
Good words there from Howe, and Wood will not be short of confidence for tomorrow’s game, in which our fans can play a huge part.
Forget all about last week, all will be forgiven if we can beat Watford tomorrow.
Wood has the chance to be the hero for Newcastle this season by scoring the goals that can keep us in the Premier League.
And that will allow Newcastle’s reemergence, under head coach Eddie Howe, as a top club in Europe, to continue big time, in this summer’s transfer window.