Burnley need Chris Wood to find his form again
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Chris Wood of Burnley celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on November 23, 2020 in Burnley, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

It hasn't been the best of seasons for Burnley striker Chris Wood, but with luck on his side against Arsenal, it looks like he could turn his form around.

This season the New Zealand international has scored five in 23 appearances in the Premier League, compare that to the 2017/18 season where he scored 10 in 24 matches. In fact, he has reached double figures in the league in his last three seasons (10, 10 and 14). 

  • Making his return

Wood's fifth goal of the season came against Arsenal and it may have been the easiest goal he will ever score. Burnley's press had forced Granit Xhaka back to inside his won box, from there he tried to hit a long ball clear which bounced straight off of Wood's torso and into the net. 

It was the 29-year-old's first goal back since his six-game absence. Wood returned against his old club Leicester City and then scored against the Gunners but before that Wood last featured on the 31st January in the club's 2-0 away loss to Chelsea

  • Burnley need him at his best 

When in good form it could be argued that Wood is the number one striker for Sean Dyche's side, that's why he needs him at his best. 

Ashley Barnes has scored just three league goals this season whilst Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra have both only scored once. As a club, Burnley have scored just 20 goals this season, joint with West Bromwich Albion for second-worst. 

The Clarets look like they are going to survive and that is down to their defensive solidity. However, the strongback three of Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and Nick Pope alongside in form full backs Matt Lowton and Charlie Taylor can only do so much and if Burnley were to go down the attack would be more to blame. 

However, if Wood can go on a scoring run and secure safety for Burnley he would remain the reliable number nine for Burnley. 

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