This summer a host of teams were chasing the signature of Liverpool attacker Ben Woodburn. The 18-year-old was finally set for a loan spell away from Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp keen for him to play some regular football.
The Welsh international had, of course, burst onto the scene at Liverpool. He scored a crucial goal against Leeds United in the EFL Cup. In doing so, he became Liverpool’s youngest ever scorer.
Leeds were just one of several Championship clubs linked with Woodburn over the past 12 months. But, in the end, he headed to South Yorkshire – joining Sheffield United until the end of the season.
The Blades have stunned many by winning eight of their last 10 fixtures to currently top the Championship table.
However, Woodburn has barely played a part.
He has started just once for Chris Wilder’s side and is yet to play over 45 league minutes for the club. A poor display against Middlesbrough in a 3-0 defeat back in August proved a catalyst for his demise.
In fact, for Sheffield United’s current four-game winning streak, the Liverpool ace has not played a single minute. For the last three games, the teenager was not even in the squad.
He turns 19 next week and will no doubt be starting to consider bringing an end to this loan spell in the winter, should things continue the way they have.
Liverpool will just hope he takes the positives from this tough experience and emerges a better all-around player.