Newcastle’s £25m deal with Chris Wood shows massive disrespect for Manchester United star – Casey Evans

If you haven’t had the internet or been living under a rock for the past few months, you may not have heard that Newcastle United is now the richest football club in the world.

The Magpies will then be matched with just about every player in Europe, with Sven Botman, Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak just a small sample of the names tipped with a move to Tyneside.

With an endless pot of money at their disposal, the world is truly Newcastle’s oyster, so it should come as no surprise to see them chasing household names like, er, (*checks notes*) Burnley striker Chris Wood.

Chris Wood? Christopher Grant Wood? Newcastle fans stood outside St James’ Park a few months ago chanting about Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, and now you’re telling me they’re pinning their chances of survival on a man with three goals this season?

Now, the move makes a bit more sense when you consider that the imminent arrival of the New Zealand international will weaken their relegation rival Burnley, but it’s still a bit disappointing.

In recent seasons, Wood has scored a number of key goals to ensure the Clarets maintain their Premier League status, hitting double figures in the league in all of his four full seasons with Turf Moor.

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But with Wood now the ‘wrong side’ of 30, the move can hardly be classed as planning for the future. That said, if you can afford to buy a £25million striker every summer, that’s probably not much of an issue.

His three goals in 21 games this season hardly screams ‘marquee signing’, but you’re probably wondering what all this has to do with Manchester United, right?

Instead of focusing on the Newcastle player to have signed, think about who they are have not .

Anthony Martial is reportedly available for £30million and if Newcastle don’t feel like paying that mid-season fee, United are reportedly open to penalties until the end of the season.

Martial struggles to make his way back to United’s first team

Now Martial has had his problems since his move to Old Trafford in 2015, but if he’s in shape he could be quite a handful.

The Frenchman is a very efficient attacker and he has shown that for several seasons. In 2018/19, Martial hit the target with 58.82% of his shots (according to Twitter analytics account UtdArena ), with a conversion rate of 29.41%. This equates to a goal every three shots.

He was also United’s top goalscorer that season, but in recent campaigns it has been his pace of work that has let him down.

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In the 2019-20 season, he also formed a brilliant partnership with Marcus Rashford, whose direct dribbling was very similar to that of Newcastle maverick Allan Saint-Maximin – if Newcastle are looking for someone to feed their troublesome Frenchman, Martial could be the man.

Wood’s signing may prove to be a masterstroke, but if you can buy literally anyone in the world, why not bring in a big name player who could be a big part of your squad for years to come?

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