Osian Roberts on Liverpool striker Ben Woodburn's amazing week
2 December 2016

Osian Roberts on Liverpool striker Ben Woodburn's amazing week

Our Technical Director tells the BBC all about Anfield's newest star



Ben Woodburn’s stunning week for Liverpool has made the teen star one of the talking points of the week.

The 17-year-old made his Reds debut against Sunderland last Saturday before hitting the headlines by becoming the club’s youngest ever scorer against Leeds in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.

Since then, the Wales U19 star, who was born in England, has been the subject of much debate on his international future.

In an interview with BBC Radio Wales, FAW Trust Technical Director Osian Roberts, who coached Woodburn in the victorious U16 Victory Shield squad in 2014, said: “The issue of dual nationality means our talent identification programme is so very important.

“It’s quite natural for a lot of our players to have at least one dual nationality.



"That’s why our talent ID programme is so important and that we identify these players, their potential and identify them early and hopefully they can continue to progress and come through the pathway.

“A lot of hard work goes in from a lot of people within the development squads and the FAW Trust.

“The important thing for us is to make sure we treat them all exactly the same. They’re all Welsh players as far as we’re concerned.”



And that also applies Woodburn who has enjoyed a dream week at the Anfield club.

Roberts said: “Ben has been with Wales now for more than five years and has been committed to all the teams all the way through the pathway and we certainly hope that will continue.

“We’ve been monitoring him and working closely with him and the club for many years. We have a good relationship with the club. We’ll make sure we do everything that’s right for him and his development.

"It’s very early days but it was a fantastic night for him and his family.

“It’s important that people like myself and others around him keep their feet on the ground.

"But we’ve been well aware of Ben’s ability and talent for many years now so we’ll keep progressing him in the best way that we think is right for him.”

Osian Roberts on Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn's commitment to Wales
Osian Roberts on Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn's commitment to Wales