The phrase ‘it’s who you know’ comes to mind when discussing the future of Liverpool wonderkid Ben Woodburn.
Two clubs so far have been linked with taking the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool’s history on loan in the January transfer window – and both have rather useful connections to either the Anfield giants or the 18-year-old striker himself.
According to The Echo, Championship strugglers Sunderland want to sign Woodburn on a short-term deal, boosted by the presence of Chris Coleman in the dugout. The newly appointed manager gave Woodburn his international debut for Wales against Austria in a World Cup qualifier as recently as September – and was rewarded with a stunning winner from the edge of the box.
But according to The Chronicle, Sunderland face competition from Huddersfield Town, whose charismatic, bespectacled German manager David Wagner is close friends with his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp. Wagner was even best man at Klopp’s wedding.
Though where Woodburn ends up in January is likely to come down to which environment Liverpool believe is best suited to aiding his development.
The teenager has barely featured for the first team this season and would possible find first-team football easier to come by in a cash-strapped Sunderland side lacking real attacking quality. Although who knows what the pressure of a relegation battle will do to a precocious and stull unproven youngster.
Huddersfield, however, would give Woodburn the chance to prove himself in the Premier League – though with Steve Mounie, Laurent Depoitre and Colin Quaner available in attack, he would be far from a guaranteed starter.