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Want-away Leeds striker Chris Wood hasn't exactly endeared himself to the club's fans today

The New Zealand international made himself unavailable for tonight’s big game against Sunderland.

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LEEDS UNITED’S KIWI striker Chris Wood has been heavily linked with a move to Burnley over the last few days.

Latest reports suggest the Clarets have sealed the deal with a £15m bid and the transfer could be completed within the coming days.

So, with Leeds facing Sunderland in a Saturday evening fixture, it seemed the perfect way for Wood to wave goodbye to the club.

Or maybe not.

He decided against making the trip and posted the reasons for his decision on social media.

Inevitably, many Leeds fans have hit out at Wood’s behaviour and questioned his professionalism.

Speaking on BBC, former England international Trevor Sinclair criticised Wood.

“He’s employed by Leeds – a huge football club,” Sinclair said.

“He should be privileged and feel pride to play for them. Because there’s interest from a Premier League club, he’s decided his head isn’t in the right space. He’s got a responsibility to his team-mates, his manager, his fans to play that game.”

Wood has been at Elland Road for two years and scored 44 goals in 88 appearances since joining from Leicester.

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