Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn has returned to Anfield as he leaves Blackpool after a six-month stint at Bloomfield Road.
The 21-year-old didn’t impress during his stay in League One, the third such deal which has failed to see him live up to his promise.
He had six months with Sheffield United but was sent home early after failing to breakthrough. He moved to Oxford United last season, but picked up an injury and ended up being restricted to 11 league starts, with a single goal to show for his endeavours. That led him to Blackpool, where he joined former Liverpool Under 23 coach Neil Critchley.
Sadly, the move hasn’t worked out for him, and after just 11 games in all competitions, he now returns to Merseyside with an uncertain future. 11 seems to be the magic number for the Welsh international, who has appeared 11 times for the Reds also.
Woodburn is the Reds’ youngest ever goalscorer, a feat he achieved in a League Cup game with Leeds United, but his career has since floundered and he has struggled to make an impact during any of his temporary moves. It was believed he was coveted by Hull City over the summer, but a move to Humberside would seem now seem unlikely.
He doesn’t leave Blackpool with ringing endorsements from the home fans either, who were less than enthusiastic about his input during his time with the club.
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— play offs?🍊🍊 (@Tristan81458868) January 18, 2021
Never really got going for us. The club does things right these days. Someone will be in soon.
— AS 🍊 (@AlanSanderson12) January 18, 2021
A shame it didn’t work out for him. Like Kemp had odd moments but on the whole didn’t really make the impact we’d all hoped for. Now it’s key to get loan players in who are really going to improve the first XI.
— Rob Walker (@TangerineRob) January 18, 2021
Remember he was the next big thing with livepool 😂
— Euan Murray (@EuanMur92475622) January 18, 2021
Best decision for all parties
— Jonny Burke (@jonnyb7713) January 18, 2021
He was very poor , don’t unstand Critch even considering him in the first place !
— Dr.Moz, Stockmarket Analyst (@moz_analyst) January 18, 2021
Not surprised, although disappointed it didn't work out for him and sorry to see he hasn't really kicked on as I thought/hoped it might after his stunning debut goal for Wales against Austria
— John Ford (@johnllanrwst) January 18, 2021