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Sheffield Wednesday must be ready to pounce in bid to land Ben Woodburn

Sheffield Wednesday must be ready to pounce in bid to land Ben Woodburn

According to a recent report from Goal, Ben Woodburn’s future is far from certain heading into the rest of the January transfer window. The 19-year-old currently plays his football at Championship side Sheffield United on loan from Premier League giants Liverpool, although struggles for regular football at Bramall Lane has called into question the possibility of the youngster being recalled this month.

And reports suggest that the Reds are planning to do just that in a bid to end his nightmare with the Blades, with neighbours Sheffield Wednesday one team who must be ready to pounce by signing the Wales international this month, in turn equipping new manager Steve Bruce with an attacking gem.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, former Aston Villa boss Bruce will take over at Hillsborough on February 1 following the departure of Jos Luhukay last month, with the Englishman tasked with trying to inject some positivity and impetus into a team that sit 16th in the Championship table, ten points clear of relegation and 11 points adrift of the top six.

And with just 32 goals from their 26 matches so far this season, including failing to score more than twice in any game in the league so far this term, it seems pretty clear that further attacking reinforcements will be needed in January to take the club up the second tier table.

And while things didn’t work out greatly for Liverpool’s Woodburn across Sheffield at Bramall Lane, there is no doubting that he is a supremely talented player destined for big things in the game – as such, Wednesday must be ready to pounce if the Reds do indeed recall the 19-year-old.

The Wales international shot to prominence back in November 2016 in netting in Liverpool’s 2-0 League Cup victory over Leeds United at Anfield, with the forward in turn becoming the club’s youngest ever goal-scorer at the tender age of 17 years and 45 days.

And with a handful of other appearances that term under Jurgen Klopp, the 19-year-old was very much on the peripheries at the Merseyside giants, and not surprising given he has scored ten goals in 26 appearances for the club’s development squad over the years.

In fact, Woodburn’s fine efforts and undoubted potential has already earned him nine caps for Wales in his young career, which underlines his standing in the game already – he is clearly a very highly-rated youngster with a bright future.

And Bruce’s Wednesday could benefit greatly from luring the 19-year-old to Hillsborough, with his arrival likely to give the club an injection of flair and creativity in the final third of the pitch – with Josh Onomah also beginning to find his feet prior to injury, the young duo could prove to be a handful in the second half of the campaign.

As such, with Woodburn seemingly on his way back to Liverpool after struggling at Sheffield United, the Owls must be ready to pounce if the 19-year-old is recalled, as doing so would equip Bruce with an attacking gem in the second half of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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