BBC pundit blown away by Liverpool attacker for international heroics
By Danny Wright
John Hartson was left blown away by the impact Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn had when he came off the bench in Wales’ 2-0 win at Moldova on Tuesday night.
Wooburn, 17, was introduced off the bench in the 61st minute and according to former Wales international Hartson, the Reds teenager had a game-changing influence for Chris Coleman’s side.
The Liverpool attacker produced more international heroics as he supplied the assist to Hal Robson-Kanu’s opening goal in the 80th minute before Aaron Ramsey rounded off the win to move the Welsh into a potential play-off place in the World Cup qualifiers.
Although it was the West Brom and Arsenal players who found the net, BBC Sport pundit Hartson had no doubt in his mind who the main man was for Wales.
“It was proving to be a really, really difficult night before the introduction of Woodburn,” said Hartson, as shown in a video on the official Twitter account of BBC 5 Live Sport.
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He added: “The introduction of Ben Woodburn and the way he set up the goal with one thing in his mind. He drove forward, showed great pace, a good ball in with his left foot.
“Another good substitution from Chris Coleman was Sam Vokes, who made a great run and took a few defenders away to allow space for Hal Robson-Kanu to plant the header in the Moldovan goal.
“But Woodburn, again, was making all the difference.”
"Woodburn and Hennessey the heroes."
The next two games are "even bigger" than the last two – Hartson pic.twitter.com/eAbXbhhYdd
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) September 5, 2017
Woodburn grabbed a lot of attention at the weekend when he scored on his international debut for Wales with a long-range effort to give his side a 1-0 win against Austria.
The teenager has made nine appearances in the Liverpool first-team, scoring one goal which came against Leeds in the EFL Cup last year.
Jurgen Klopp will no doubt have seen what Woodburn has been up to during the international break and although the Liverpool attack has been on fire in recent weeks, the academy ace may give the German manager something to think about in the coming days.
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