During the summer transfer window, well, when we reached the point where we knew the lights could be kept on and we could actually sign players instead of placing charges against anything that moved, and didn’t, Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn featured heavily on the rumour mill.
Whether we were actually in for him remains to be proven unless my memory has again failed me, but either way, he ended up at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane and it’s not unfair to say, it hasn’t gone that well.
The 19-year-old Welsh international has clear talent and I have no doubt he has a big future ahead of him based on the little I’ve seen. But two starts, six substitute showings and no goals nor assists speaks volumes. As does the fact he’s only played 28 minutes of football since August 18.
With suggestions now Liverpool should recall him and that we should rekindle our interest – it’s a no from me.
It’s a new era at the club from the top to the bottom, so our days of helping out others, letting them make their mistakes with us where only the parent club actually benefits down the line, have to be over.
It’s not like we’ve not got two lads of our own crying out for a greater chance in Callum O’Hare and Jake Doyle-Hayes is it?
Maybe not entirely similar players to Woodburn, but let’s see what our own can do first now eh unless there’s a guaranteed buy clause built in.