A bizarre article by Croatian media has ranked Liverpool and Wales wonderkid Ben Woodburn among Europe’s biggest flops.
Croatian media outlet Index drew up a list of youngsters they felt haven’t delivered the goods yet, a list that already seems ridiculous given that it’s based on players who have just barely started their professional careers.
Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard, AC Milan’s Hachim Mastour, Roma’s Umar Sadiq and Lazio’s Joseph Minala are among those to feature on the list.
But also on the list is 17-year-old star Woodburn.
The article reads: “A less positive example comes from Liverpool. At the end of November 2016 Woodburn scored for Leeds and at 17 and 45 days he became the youngest scorer in the history of the famous Anfield club.
“The young Chester striker, who plays for the Welsh Under-19 team, has continued to develop, but has only played five games so far.
“For example, Michael Owen was already scoring goals at that point. Jurgen Klopp tries to make a new Steven Gerrard in the fans’ eyes, but he hasn’t done very well, although Woodburn scored a few days ago in a friendly match against Athletic Bilbao.”
Woodburn enjoyed a stunning 2016-17 campaign as he made his Reds’ bow and also became the youngest scorer in Liverpool’s history when he netted in front of the Kop in their 2-0 EFL Cup win over Leeds in November.
He received his first call-up to Chris Coleman’s Wales squad earlier this year and has already played in the Premier League on five occasions for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Woodburn scored his latest goal in a 3-1 friendly win over Athletic Bilbao in Dublin and is set to have a greater impact on first team proceedings at Anfield this term, despite not turning 18 until October.