According to 90MAAT sources, Wales and Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn has reportedly been informing people that he is on his way to Wigan Athletic on a one-year loan deal at the DW Stadium
18-year-old Woodburn, who announced himself last year emphatically on the international stage on his Wales debut against Austria, was originally linked to rejoin with former youth manager Steven Gerrard at Rangers but it has been rumoured that the player’s agent believes Woodburn is better than Rangers and is more apt to challenge himself in the Championship with Wigan.
The Welshman, with seven caps and one goal gleaming on his international record, has already made 11 appearances for Liverpool – seven from the bench – and scored once in the EFL Cup game against Leeds United to become The Reds’ youngest ever goalscorer.
Been told by someone close that Ben Woodburn has been telling people that he’s going on loan to Wigan.
18-years-old forward/winger with 6 competitive apps for Liverpool and 7 caps for Wales; scoring a screamer on his debut against Austria.
Could be massive… 😮#wafc🔵⚪ #lfc pic.twitter.com/G2dLtQ8x1h
— Harry Robinson (@RobboHarry) July 13, 2018
With Paul Cook currently searching to recruit extra wingers, with former players Yanic Wildschut and Callum McManaman being mentioned, Wigan seems a perfect destination for the young teenage prospect looking to prove himself in competitive league football, similar to how teammate Harry Wilson did at his loan spell at Hull City last season. In return, the Lactics get a versatile and dangerous attacking player who, if he can keep up with the physicality of the Championship, could prove to be a key factor in Wigan’s performance in the league this season.
It is unknown if Liverpool’s 75% appearance clause, that has been included in other loan deals, will be present in Woodburn’s loan contract but Paul Cook will be looking to utilise the teenager as much as possible if the deal goes through – which it is expected to very soon.
Written by Harry Robinson.