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Woodburn Liverpool return good for Sheffield United
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Woodburn Liverpool return good for Sheffield United

Liverpool are considering ending Ben Woodburn’s loan at Sheffield United early, according to Goal.

The youngster joined the Blades on a season long deal but has managed just eight appearances since.

Woodburn has grown frustrated as a result and was recalled to Anfield recently for a Premier League 2 game.

Chris Wilder is not unhappy with the forward’s work rate or attitude, but just can’t fit him into a team that is currently fourth in the Championship.

The Reds do have the option to recall Woodburn in January although have not yet had formal discussions with United about doing so.


Should Woodburn stay or go?

There was a certain amount of excitement when the youngest scorer in Liverpool’s history arrived at Bramall Lane.

Yet for whatever reason it hasn’t happened for the 19-year-old. Chances were afforded at the start of the season, but since August 18 Woodburn has played just 28 first team minutes.

Clearly Wilder does not believe the attacker has what it takes. When Mark Duffy missed two matches recently, rather than replacing him with Woodburn the manager altered his formation.

That is a problem because perhaps beyond another striker the thing the Blades lack the most is adequate backup for Duffy.

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Wilder doesn’t think Woodburn is the solution currently. The teenager’s performances on the pitch this term suggest that is an accurate assessment.

Liverpool obviously want to recall Woodburn because they feel he’s not developing at United. However, it could be a blessing in disguise for Wilder and his team.

If the Blades want to make a serious push for promotion this season their squad needs depth. Nowhere is that more prevalent than in the number ten position.

Duffy is an excellent player, but just as with Paul Coutts last year there is too much reliance on him. The Coutts problem was solved by signing Oliver Norwood.

If Woodburn isn’t going to solve the Duffy one then a recall will allow Wilder to find someone who can.

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