Chris Wood reflects on Leeds United past as striker makes Whites prediction for Premier League

BURNLEY'S former Whites striker Chris Wood believes Leeds United will be a real force under Marcelo Bielsa in the Premier League and stick round for a long period of time.

Monday, 24th August 2020, 11:45 am

New Zealand international forward Wood spent two years with Leeds after joining the club from Leicester City for £3m in July 2015.

Wood then moved to Premier League side Burnley for a club record fee in the region of £15m in August 2017 and three years later the Clarets front man will face his former employers next season following United's promotion as Championship champions.

Leeds sealed automatic promotion alongside another of Wood's former sides in West Brom but after a 16-year exile from the country's top flight the striker was particularly pleased to see the Whites go up.

Sign up to our Leeds United newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

MEMORIES: Chris Wood celebrates scoring for Leeds United at Birmingham City with Kalvin Phillips and Pablo Hernandez in March 2017. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.

With Bielsa at the helm, the New Zealand international is now expecting good things from the Whites in the top flight.

“It was nice seeing them both come up, I had great times at both of them,” said Wood of Leeds and West Brom, speaking to TVNZ.

"West Brom have been up and down and have been in the Prem for a long time so it was much nicer seeing Leeds get up there.

"It's been way too long, I enjoyed my two years there and I’m hoping to see them stay up for a long period of time.

"I think with the manager they've got they will be.

"They've just been a big club in the wrong division for a long period of time.

"And rightly so, because they were run poorly 15 years ago.

"But they're fantastic now, they've got a great manager behind them, they've got a team playing absolutely incredible.

"They're going to be a real force in the Prem, they're looking to stay up and if not go better.”

Leeds has a fantastic story to tell - and the Yorkshire Evening Post has been rooted firmly at the heart of telling the stories of our city since 1890.

We believe in ourselves and hope you believe in us too. We need your support to help ensure we can continue to be at the heart of life in Leeds.

Subscribe to our website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app.

With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Click here to subscribe.

For more details on our newspaper subscription offers click here.

Thank you Laura Collins