Wigan are interested in signing Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn on loan. The youngster is very highly rated at Melwood and looking for first-team football in the Championship next season.
The Welsh international was loaned to Sheffield United last campaign, however, featured just seven times. Nevertheless, they did win promotion and Chris Wilder is a manager that makes minimal changes to his starting 11. The Blades play direct football, and 4-4-2, which didn’t suit Woodburn who likes to play as a winger or directly behind the striker.
Harry Wilson scored 20 goals last season for Derby, also loaned out from Liverpool, showing they aren’t on their books for nothing. They are super talents and a massive part of their future. That’s a tip in itself, if Jurgen Klopp sees them as future starters, they must be pretty good. So yeah, get it done Cookie, we’ll have Woodburn, Wilson and Sadio Mane.
With Nick Powell departing, it’s looking like Josh Windass will be given an opportunity to prove his worth in the side. I’m happy with that, as long as we sign a Woodburn type player as a back-up. Signing Woodburn as a direct replacement for Powell would be a risk, considering he only played seven times last season. Powell was our most influential player, so we need his replacement to have an immediate impact and start scoring/creating goals from the off.
It wouldn’t be fair to pile all that pressure on Woodburn. Give Windass his long-awaited chance and ease the youngster into the squad. If he’s as good as Liverpool seem to think, then he’ll walk into our side. Cook is a scouser, so maybe that gives us an advantage. He was at the Champions League final, maybe he agreed a few deals with Mr Klopp over a celebratory glass of wine? Morsy’s not for sale, and too good for Liverpool.