If Liverpool are to loan out Ben Woodburn in the January transfer window, there will more than likely be a queue across the entirety of Stanley Park lining up to give the teenager a regular chance for first-team football.
The Sunderland Echo report that new Sunderland manager Chris Coleman is hoping to use his connections to link up with his former Wales star at the Stadium of Light. Coleman made the 18-year-old a key part of Wales’ ill-fated World Cup qualifying campaign and was repaid with a stunning debut goal in a 1-0 win against Austria.
But Sunderland would surely not be only team who are interested in arguably Liverpool’s most exciting young striker since a certain Michael Owen burst onto the scene 20 years ago.
Leeds United have made moves for some of Liverpool’s brightest talents recently, missing out on playmaker Ovie Ejaria in January after injury scuppered the move, per All Nigeria Soccer. And, according to The Sun, they were interested in winger Ryan Kent too, who spent last season on loan at Barnsley before Liverpool sent him to SC Freiburg.
Woodburn, however, is perhaps the pick of a youthful bunch at Anfield and Leeds know just what a talent he is. After all, the Chester-born wonderkid became the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool’s illustrious history when he slammed home from close range in a 2-0 EFL Cup win against Leeds in November of last year aged 17 years and 45 days.
Woodburn is a precocious talent but, with plenty of star quality ahead of him in Liverpool’s pecking order, a love move away from Anfield could make sense. And with Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen willing to give youth a chance, Woodburn could provide some pace and poacher’s instinct to a Leeds attack that has flattered to deceive in recent months.