According to Goal, Liverpool are mulling over Ben Woodburn’s future after prematurely ending his disappointing loan spell at Sheffield United – the race is on to sign the young Welshman and Swansea should make sure they’re in the running.
Well, Goal reports that the Reds have already fielded enquiries from a plethora of Championship sides including Blackburn, Brentford and Hull City; should Jurgen Klopp and co decide another loan is best for his development – they are unlikely to let him go permanently as he remains highly thought of at Anfield – then there will be no shortage of suitors for the youngster.
It may have not quite gone so well for Woodburn at Bramall Lane, but fellow Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson is setting the Championship alight at Derby County as he chalks up nine goals and an assist – there is no doubting that Woodburn has what it takes to deliver similar goods, he just needs a fresh start.
Swansea could do with some added creation in their midfield as they push for a play-off spot and they’d be mad not to throw their hat in the ring for Woodburn’s signature this month.
The 19-year-old failed to record either a goal or an assist in seven Championship appearances for the Blades, despite being one of Britain’s exciting young prospects at both club and international level – the attacking midfielder came off the bench against Leeds in Liverpool’s EFL Cup clash in November 2016 and, in scoring his side’s second, became the Reds’ youngest-ever goalscorer.
Soon, he was the name on every Welsh football fans lips as he became a hero for his national side, too, but it has been somewhat downhill since for the Chester-born starlet. A loan to Sheffield United should have been the perfect opportunity for Woodburn, but it didn’t turn out as well as he surely would have hoped – however, that has done little to dissuade other second tier clubs from queueing up to sign him.
Capable of playing on the wing or as a number 10, Woodburn could easily oust the ageing Nathan Dyer or Wayne Routledge from the starting XI if he gets out the blocks quick enough. With a wand of a right-foot, the number 11 would be a threat from range like Derby’s Wilson and he would add another dimension to the Swans attack.
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