Ben Woodburn joined Liverpool’s academy at seven and became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer when he tallied in the EFL Cup against Leeds six weeks after his 17th birthday. In the three years since, though, he’s become something of a forgotten prospect.
However, with the player still just 20 years of age, there are still hopes that he can come good on the talent that once had him earmarked for a bright first team future at Liverpool—and that means having to find the right club to send him out on loan to this season.
Currently, according to Goal, the a pair of League One sides, Portsmouth and Ipswich, have targeted him. Last season, his League One loan spell with Oxford was hampered by injury—and the year before he struggled for minutes in the Championship with Sheffield.
With injuries also playing a role in his struggles at Sheffield, perhaps the most important thing for Woodburn if he is to get back on track will be to stay generally fit for the 2020-21 campaign, wherever he eventually ends up, be it in League One or the Championship.
If it is to be League One, both Ipswich and Portsmouth are sides that will believe they can finish in the promotion playoff places—and a successful season with either could then set up a loan for Woodburn at a top Championship or bottom-half Premier League side.