Liverpool midfielder Ben Woodburn has moved to Scottish Premiership side Hearts on a season-long loan deal. Robbie Neilson, the Hearts manager, was keen on bringing the Wales international to Edinburgh.
"A top class player with Premier League and international experience"
Ben Woodburn has joined Hearts on loan from Liverpool
— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) August 24, 2021
The 21-year old midfielder has made a total of 11 appearances for the Reds since his debut in November 2016. He is the youngest goal scorer for Liverpool, scoring in a League Cup tie against Leeds United in the same month. The youngster will be keen to perform to the best of his abilities for Robbie Neilson’s team, who have started the season well, taking ten points from the available twelve.
Ben Woodburn featured for the Reds during the pre-season games and impressed manager Jurgen Klopp and assistant Pepijn Lijnders. But, as business went back to normal and the Premier League began, the player fell down the pecking order and only featured on the bench once, in the Premier League opener against Norwich.
However, this didn’t dampen the young midfielder’s spirit. The player decided to make the switch to the Scottish Premiership for regular game time and will be eager to impress for the Hearts this season. Woodburn has already made his debut for Neilson’s team, in the 2-0 against Dundee United last weekend.
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Hearts boss Robbie Neilson was delighted with this move. Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, he said:
“I’m really pleased that we’ve got this one over the line. Ben is a top-class player with Premier League and international experience and he was really eager to join us.
“He’s an exciting player, one who I think will fit really well into our style of play. He’s quick, direct and can bring us different options in the final third. I’m looking forward to working with him and I hope he will be a success here at Hearts.”
Ben Woodburn making the switch to Hearts is good for both the player and the club. The young player has great potential and would certainly want to impress the manager and contribute to the club’s targets this season. Welsh fans too will be keen to see how the player will adapt and progress in a new environment.
Nevertheless, this is not his first loan spell. Previously, the player has been sent on loan on three occasions – Sheffield United, Oxford United and Blackpool, but has failed to discover his true potential. At just 21-years of age, he has mixed experience of Premier League football and three difficult loan spells. It’s now upon Robbie Neilson to bring the best out of the young midfielder.
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