There was a lot of talk surrounding Ben Woodburn and Rangers in January, but that speculation has died down in recent months. Could this be the perfect time for Steven Gerrard to revive his interest in the Welsh starlet?
Currently, Woodburn’s teammate Ryan Kent is the centre of attention, but if a move for the winger doesn’t work out, the club may not have to look too far for a replacement.
Gerrard has strong contacts at Liverpool so it’s inevitable that he would look to his former club if he were to sign another player on loan this summer.
Woodburn is available, following a disappointing spell at Sheffield United last season where he played just eight times and started one game before being recalled in January.
Hull City are said to be the 19-year-old’s most likely destination at the moment, but Rangers would surely be a more attractive club for the Wales international?
Woodburn would likely be playing for a Championship side struggling against relegation, and the player’s development would be better served playing for a club that is challenging for honours.
Europa League football is also another factor which could make the Light Blues a better option, if, of course, they make it through to the group stages like they did last year.
From Liverpool’s and the player’s perspective, the move north of the border for Woodburn seems like a win-win situation. But would it benefit Rangers just as much?
Thre’s no doubt that the Welshman has not progressed as some would have hoped over the past eighteen months, but his performances at international level do show there is massive potential there.
Kent struggled at his previous loan spell at Bristol City before Gerrard helped him develop his game at Ibrox. There’s no reason the Gers boss can’t do the same for Woodburn.
It must be said, though, that the two players do have slightly different characteristics. While Kent prefers to play from the left-hand side, Woodburn has yet to nail down his favoured position in the frontline.
He can play on the left-wing, from the right flank or through the middle, as well as in a number 10 role. It suggests a player who is still finding his way in the game and needs some guidance and certainty about his role in the team.
Gerrard could be that man to give Woodburn his identity. If he can fulfil his promise at Rangers, he could well be a fan favourite if he makes a move to Scotland this summer.