Leeds United fans perhaps wouldn’t class anything outside the last eight months as a classic time in their history, but one signing in July 2015 will stand out as one to remembered.
They captured Leicester City striker Chris Wood on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Wood was 23-years-old at the time and had struggled in the top flight with the Foxes.
He’d impressed in loan spells away from West Brom, the club he graduated with, scoring for Birmingham, Bristol City, Brighton and Millwall. Leicester took a punt and he did well for them in the Championship, but struggled to step up.
Leeds fans were delighted at the time, happy to finally see their side sign a player with a firm reputation for scoring goals. Much of the reaction was positive, with one poster claiming he was a terrific signing.
So it proved to be. Wood hit 41 league goals in 77 starts for the Elland Road side and is fondly recalled even now by their fervent fan base. He left for Burnley in August 2017 for a fee thought to be around £15m.
Since then he’s hit 16 in 37 starts for the Clarets, proving that his reputation as a prolific striker was very well earned indeed.
@LUFC Oh well done you. That’s more like it!
— The Square Ball (@TheSquareBall) July 1, 2015
— Peter Bellerby (@radio_bellers) July 1, 2015
— Nick R (@South_Leeds) July 1, 2015
— Karl Stroud (@kstroudy) July 1, 2015
— Ben Taylor (@bennytaylor1984) July 1, 2015
— Steve Gunn (@SteveGunn11) July 1, 2015