The Liverpool Echo is reporting that we are trying to sign Liverpool midfielder Ben Woodburn on loan.
The Welsh international did not travel with the Reds for their pre-season training camp in France suggesting a move could happen shortly.
Most fans on Twitter are excited by the potential of the teenager:
Now this would be a good deal for Villa. This kids special.
— eddie johnson (@eddiej1981) 29 July 2018
He really is isn’t he, watched that goal for Wales he scored and he has such potential it’s frightening, will be chuffed to bits if we get himhttps://t.co/nTM6FRdN9L
— British Clive (@BritishBuIIdog) 29 July 2018
Good player, but we are strong in that area with Albert and Green. Perhaps Albert going, there has been a few rumours.
— John (@Jonocol) 29 July 2018
Very good player exciting #UTV
— AVFC1874 (@AV1874AV) 29 July 2018
Hope there isnt idiots saying why sign him instead of playing our own youth,he is a level above any of our youth
— ? (@villafan30) 29 July 2018
Liverpool look to penalise teams that don’t play their loaned players meaning he would play regardless of form. It would also send a very clear message to RHM, Green and O’Hare
— davidy1982 (@davidy1982) 29 July 2018
Get him. The boy has such talent.
— Rob Page (@robpage60) 29 July 2018
good player just what we need
— Paul Dunn (@comeonthevilla) 29 July 2018
Great confidence booster for out academy lads ! .. not !!
Give them a game don’t bring in other teams academy players .
— Rich Castleton (@richbham123) 29 July 2018
The Echo report that Sheffield United are the other team in the race to sign Woodburn but we are said to be hopeful of beating the Blades to the 18-year-old’s signature.
He can play out wide, in central midfield or up front, but he is a raw talent. Despite impressing during his seven caps for Wales, he has played just 11 games in senior football.
The Welshman is no doubt ready for the step up. Playing on the left wing and in a number 10 role for Liverpool’s Under 23s, he has scored ten goals and provided 8 assists in 24 Premier League 2 matches over the last two years. Whether he can translate those type of numbers to the Championship, we will have to see.