Ben Woodburn has long been touted as a superstar in the making, yet despite making history and successive loan spells away from Anfield, the Wales international will leave Liverpool at the end of this month.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder will join Divock Origi and depart Merseyside this summer, with Woodburn’s departure coming as a surprise to many given the youngster’s age and his impressive year with Hearts in the 2021/22 campaign.
As expected, the Scottish Premiership are the current favourites to sign Woodburn following his surprise exit from Liverpool, though with an impressive CV and his international reputation with Wales, the youngster could be on the radar for more clubs behind the scenes.
So, with that in mind, which five clubs should be looking at signing Woodburn this summer following the versatile forward’s departure from Liverpool at the end of this month.
The Championship seems like a safe bet for where Woodburn could end up next season, for Birmingham City, the Blues could do with a player with that spark to add some much-needed excitement to the club.
Lee Bowyer’s side have been a disappointment for years, and try as they like, nothing seems to be working for Birmingham in trying to get them back to their past glory self. Yet signing Woodburn could be a shrewd signing for the Championship giants if they can beat rival sides to the attacker.
Another second-tier side who should be looking at Woodburn is Cardiff City, with the Bluebells reportedly looking at signing Wales internationals Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey following their pending releases from Real Madrid and Juventus.
Unlike the two superstar players, Woodburn is actually quite a realistic signing for Cardiff, and with Wales set to compete in their first FIFA World Cup since 1958, the 22-year-old could impress Rob Page by doing the business for one of the country’s biggest clubs.
Fulham have already enjoyed a lot of success in the past 12 months with Liverpool academy graduates, with fellow Wales international Harry Wilson key to the Cottagers promotion charge and another Dragon in Neco Williams also impressing under Marco Silva on loan.
And with Fulham likely to repeat their usual trick of signing way too many players after being promoted to the Premier League, Woodburn fits the bill perfectly for what the west London side are looking for in terms of a quality addition to add numbers to the squad.
As mentioned at the top, Hearts are the current favourites to sign Woodburn this summer, with the Edinburgh-based club signing the 22-year-old on loan last year to great success as the attacker made 30 appearances for the Scottish side.
With Woodburn now available on a free, Hearts could push the boat out to try and sign the talented midfielder this summer, with many supporters of the club likely on board with the Liverpool academy graduate returning to Tynecastle Park for next season.
It’s not just British teams who should be keeping an eye on Woodburn, and with homegrown players venturing more and more out into Europe, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the former Liverpool talent end up at a top side on the continent, such as Schalke 04.
The German giants are back in the Bundesliga next season, and given how impressive English-raised players have been over the years in the European nation, Woodburn could be a sensational signing for Schalke if they are to make a move for the Wales international this summer.