By Scott Taylor
Callum O’Dowda is the latest young starlet to be linked with a move to Premier League side Liverpool. The winger, 20, has impressed for Oxford United in League Two this season, scoring three goals and creating seven assists in all competitions. It is reported that the club have rejected several trial offers for the Ireland youth international, and that Liverpool are leading the race for his signature.
O’Dowda is a product from the Oxford academy, making his breakthrough season in the 2013/14 season, where he made 13 appearances in League Two, the Football League trophy and the FA Cup. The Republic of Ireland U21 international became a more permanent fixture in Michael Appleton’s side the following season. The winger made 43 appearances, scoring four goals and creating two assists, including scoring his debut goal for the club, in the 1-1 draw at Exeter City in September 2014.
It was also in this season when O’Dowda made his debut for the Republic of Ireland at U21 level, in a 1-0 win over Andorra in March. He has played in a vast number of positions for his national side, including on the right-side of midfield, in the number 10 and on the left wing. He has since gone on to make eight appearances for Noel King’s side.
After establishing himself in the starting line-up, O’Dowda further progressed as a player during this season, which has subsequently led to interest from several Premier League clubs. Overall O’Dowda has made 78 appearances for the League Two side, contributing to 18 goals throughout his short career.
After snatching Jordon Ibe from Wycombe, Liverpool will be wanting to find another gem in League Two in the form of O’Dowda. Oxford are currently top of League Two, level on points with Plymouth and Northampton, and O’Dowda has been key to Oxford’s rise this season.