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Charlton Athletic are in the chase to sign Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn on loan, as per the Sun’s Alan Nixon.
The 20-year-old is not in the first-team picture at Anfield and could be offloaded on loan ahead of Friday’s 5pm transfer deadline, with Lee Bowyer’s Addicks one of the interested parties.
Woodburn had a mixed spell on loan at League One outfit Oxford United last season, and has yet to be involved in any of the Reds’ first-team squads this season.
So, what do you make of this from a Charlton perspective, would he be a good potential addition? Is he needed?
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The issue I’ve got with Woodburn is that he’s not allowing his career to really take off.
The way he burst onto the scene with Liverpool suggested he was going to be a star, but Sheffield United and Oxford just weren’t good enough loans for him to continue developing.
In that sense, a move for Charlton is a risk. Yes, if he gets to his best levels, Woodburn is a fine signing. However, is he actually going to find those levels?
I guess that in Lee Bowyer there’s a manager at Charlton that’s capable of getting the very best out of Woodburn. He’s a personality that will put his arm around the player and give him a platform to perform.
It could be a great piece of business, but there are also a fair few red flags.
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Woodburn didn’t have the best of spells whilst out on loan with League One side Oxford United last season, and he’ll be eager to make a name for himself in senior football at the earliest of opportunities.
A move to Charlton could see him do just that, as the Addicks look to win promotion back into the Championship at the first time of asking under the management of Lee Bowyer.
He’s at that age where he’ll be looking to settle down with a club on a permanent basis as well, with first-team opportunities likely to be limited with Liverpool.
Therefore, if he signs for Charlton and can impress this season, then it really wouldn’t surprise me if the Addicks were to look at signing him permanently.
This is an excellent opportunity for Woodburn.
Charlton should be fighting for promotion in League One and the youngster should be out to prove a point after his most recent loan stint at Oxford didn’t exactly go to plan.
Woodburn has already shown his capability on the international stage and will be eager to impress for the Addicks and catch Jurgen Klopp’s attention in a bid to win a place on his squad for next season.
Charlton have struggled for goals in the opening month of the campaign, and are in desperate need of some fire-power at the top end of the pitch, which is exactly what Woodburn will provide.
Woodburn is able to play in a variety of attacking positions, another factor that will attract Lee Bowyer.