Hull City are reportedly interested in taking Ben Woodburn on loan but it would be a big risk for Liverpool.
Goal make the claim, saying that the Tigers are also looking at Herbie Kane.
Now, Kane joining Hull makes a lot of sense, given that Grant McCann is the new manager there. Kane spent last season with Doncaster Rovers and played well under McCann.
But it’s a different matter with Woodburn, a player who Liverpool surely still have high hopes for.
It wasn’t long ago that the Welshman was to become the next star at the club. He was certainly ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold, for instance, who has since gone on to become one of the best in the country.
Woodburn, however, has slowed down considerably. Last season he originally joined Sheffield United on loan but couldn’t break into the team. He was back at Melwood for the second half of the campaign.
And so moving Woodburn to Hull shouldn’t tempt Liverpool all that much. They’re a midtable Championship side who have just changed manager – it doesn’t suggest it’s the perfect development ground.
For Kane it may be, given the connection to the boss, but we’ve seen Woodburn struggle badly when things aren’t ideal.
If you could get him at a club on the up or under a particularly special manager, he could progress rapidly. Getting Woodburn under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United would be a dream, for instance – although, there’s no indication that could happen.
It could be a make or break season for Woodburn. Another campaign without development and it’ll surely be the end of his Liverpool chances.
The club needs to be certain of where that is and Hull just doesn’t seem ideal. Get things right and they may just end up with a special player,