If Chris Wood trades Leeds for Burnley few Yorkshiremen could blame him.
The Clarets aren’t necessarily a bigger club (in fact they are definitely a smaller club) but the lure of the Premier League is not to be underestimated.
Leeds fans are feverishly passionate about their club and are often outraged if there’s even a whiff of disloyalty from one of their players, particularly one so highly valued.
But those with short memories have a warped view of the New Zealander’s time at Elland Road.
Last season Wood finished as the Championship’s top scorer with 27 goals as Garry Monk dragged the club out of bottom half obscurity and put them in the play-off hunt.
The Whites ultimately missed out, finishing seventh after a dip in form at the crucial time, but the fans responded positively to the change in approach with Wood being hailed as an adopted Yorkshire hero.
However, before the 25-year-old found form, he was frequently booed and jeered by the Elland Road faithful.
He was seen as wasteful in front of goal and his physique encouraged too much reliance on long balls for the fans’ liking.
Some fans may have chosen to forget that period but Wood won’t have — you don’t forget getting booed by your fans.
Despite his incredible record, he has still not been taken into fans’ hearts in the same way as say, centre-back Pontus Jansson.
It is unfair for fans to demand loyalty from Wood now when their patience with him was almost non-existence before his transformation into clinical target man.
The speculation about his exit has coincided with back-to-back nil-nil draws for Leeds and fans are waiting to pounce.
If Wood does snub Burnley and sign a new contract then he will rewarded with the kind of hero worship only Leeds fans can produce.
But if he goes and generates £15-20million in disposable income then he does not deserve to be branded a ‘snake’ or ‘Judas’ or other such tags common in the fickle world of social media.
If Sean Dyche does land his man then we wish him all the luck.
But the annuls of football are filled with examples of forwards too good for the Championship but not good enough for the Premier League.
For the more cynical fans out there, Wood seems to fit this bill.
In this regard then, the sale could work out in the long-term for a Leeds side with a long-awaited promotion on their mind.
You could say it’s a win-win situation for Leeds fans, not that you’d know it on Twitter right now…
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