BURNLEY’S record signing Chris Wood believes the Carabao Cup draw that paired his former club with his new one was ‘inevitable’ after he followed Charlie Taylor from Elland Road to Turf Moor.

The Clarets will have the inside track on what to expect from Leeds tonight (7.45pm) with Wood and Taylor in their ranks after they both made the same summer move for a combined fee just short of £20million.

Taylor, who is likely to start at left-back tonight, was out of contract with the Whites but Leeds were due a fee as he is under the age of 24, while Wood was determined to make the step up to the Premier League after finishing top scorer in the Championship last season.

“I had a great two years at Leeds, I cannot speak highly enough of the players and coaching staff and the new owner, he was fantastic with me, he is a great man and will take the club forward,” said Wood.

“The fans last year were brilliant to me and they have a great bunch of fans, it will be nice play them and see them, they will bring 5,000 I am sure, that is what they do.”

Of the draw that has handed him an immediate reunion with his former colleagues, Wood added: “It was inevitable wasn’t it, after we had both transferred over and me just a week before. That’s life.”

Leeds suffered their first defeat of the campaign on Saturday, going down 1-0 at Millwall, but they remain top of the Championship.

Under Thomas Christiansen they are bidding to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2003/04, and Wood believes they would be a great addition to the top flight.

“It will be tough, they have started very well, hopefully they continue through the season because I would like to see them up in the Premier League with us,” he said.

“That is where everyone says they belong, it will take a lot of work for them.”

Wood has spoken of his desire to prove a point at Turf Moor and show that he belongs in the Premier League.

“I remember my first season at Leeds I was booed for three or four months of the season, I had to overcome that,” he said.

“I know people weren’t happy with me for some reason even though I was the top scorer and scored the most goals in a season in the last three years at Leeds.

“It is just one of those things, some people take a liking to you, some don’t, it is just people’s opinion at the end of the day.

“I go out there to do what is best for me and the team and not prove people wrong but to prove to my friends, family and people I care about that I belong.”