In a market that will be dominated by free agents and loans, a move Rhian Brewster is very attractive for Premier League clubs needing a striker. BBC Sport report that a host of top-flight clubs are chasing the Liverpool youngster, but a decision won’t be made on his future imminently. Jurgen Klopp wants to monitor his progress over pre-season, while the player will want to assess how much game time he will get at Anfield.
If he does become available, there won’t be a shortage of options. The above report states that Aston Villa, Brighton, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Fulham and Newcastle United have all been in contact. In addition to these clubs, there will be plenty in the Championship that would take the 20-year-old on loan. However, the next step for Brewster has to be regular Premier League minutes.
During his loan spell with Swansea City, Brewster showed why he has been highly rated for many years, which ten goals in 20 matches. The Liverpool academy graduate averaged 0.54 goals and 2.6 shots per ninety minutes, with a conversion rate of 21%. He quickly took to senior football and stood out as one of the best players in the Championship during the second half of the season.
It was clear that the Swans benefitted from the addition of Brewster, as his goals helped them clinch a play-off position. Over the course of his loan spell, he looked to take responsibility on the pitch. This was best shown by his emergence as the free-kick taker, with the youngster stepping up to score a great goal against Millwall.
Although it went down as an own goal by the goalkeeper, it showed the impressive technique and self-belief that the forward has. Brewster also showed that he could cope with the pressure associated with leading the line for a play-off hopeful. He has a mentality to match his obvious talent and that will serve him well if he is to go out on another loan, even at a team battling relegation.
There is a case to make for Liverpool to keep hold of Brewster in the short-term, due to the lack of depth. This is especially true in attack, with the likes of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri unlikely to have a huge impact on the first-team. As a young player, the 20-year-old could offer an exciting rotation option and Klopp does look to put faith in the academy.
Due to the age of the current front three, Liverpool could be looking at Brewster as a future starter. With that in mind, a full season of Premier League football as a starter would be best for his development. From the options above, two clubs emerge as exciting options for Brewster and Liverpool. These are Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
The reasons for this are two fold. Firstly, both are traditionally considered big clubs and the supporters demand a lot from their players. If Brewster wants to be a regular starter at Anfield, he needs experience playing regularly for a team with high expectations.
Secondly, both teams need a goal-scoring striker, therefore game time should be easily attainable for a player like Brewster. Last season their top scorers were Jack Grealish (8) and Jonjo Shelvey (6), underlining the need. Liverpool would likely set this as a requirement for any loan spell and these two clubs would agree to it.
This will be a key decision in the development of Rhian Brewster. His spell at Swansea showed that he is now ready to play senior football. If he did stay, it is likely that the first-team opportunities would increase. However, a Premier League loan would benefit Liverpool and the player alike. If a club does manage to sign him on loan, it could be one of the deals of the summer.