Burnley striker Chris Wood keen to make his mark in Premier League
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 09/09/17 2:01pm
Chris Wood feels he has a point to prove as he attempts to establish himself as a Premier League striker with Burnley.
The New Zealand international was the top scorer in the Sky Bet Championship with Leeds last season with 27 goals in the competition and he has enjoyed a promising start to his Turf Moor career since joining the Clarets in a £15m deal over the summer.
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Wood scored a stoppage-time equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Wembley on his league debut before the international break but, after struggling to make an impact in the top-flight with Leicester and West Brom, he is keen to add to his tally.
"I've got ambitions and I'd like to prove a lot of people wrong - people will always say things, but it's for me to go out and do my best for the club," he said ahead of the Sky Live clash with Crystal Palace on Super Sunday.
"I felt I could have had a role with Leicester and that maybe I wasn't given a chance, but that's football. I took a step back into the Championship but I knew one day I would be back.
"We have five great strikers here. It is going to come down to my performances and whether I stay in the team or have to fight to get into it.
"It is not going to be an easy road, I am not guaranteed anything and it is going to come down to hard work and making sure I play well."
Wood came off the bench to earn a point against Spurs and could be rewarded with his first start as boss Sean Dyche looks to secure their first home points of the campaign.
Sky Live: Burnley v C Palace
Chris Wood is set for a home debut when Burnley take on struggling Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on Super Sunday
The player insists he has put the acrimony regarding his departure from Elland Road behind him and is determined to make the most of his third spell in the top-flight.
"It has always been my goal to play in the Premier League and when Burnley came in, I found out after the first bid was rejected how keen they were and things moved very quickly," he added.
"I feel like I am in the form that I knew I had in me all along - it has just taken a full season under my belt to get that. I feel if I can keep progressing.
"I can do even better."
Watch Burnley v Crystal Palace on Super Sunday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Premier League at 12:30pm.