Rhian Brewster has joined Swansea City on loan for the remainder of the season. It’s a deal that is make or break for the teenager.
There was plenty of hope that Brewster would make an impact at Liverpool this season. He obviously hasn’t managed that, losing a battle with both injury and the fine form of the first-team.
Brewster lacks a senior goal and Jurgen Klopp didn’t trust him to play in the Premier League. Both Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott usurped him in that regard.
It’s been a negative season for him, then. That’s something Brewster will need to turn around and this loan to Swansea is the opportunity to.
But it is make or break. It’s difficult to see, for instance, how Brewster could remain on the fringes of the first-team after a poor season in the Championship.
He needs to perform, to at least have a time similar to that of Harry Wilson last season. Wilson performed well enough that he could step up into the Premier League. While he’s not at Liverpool, he still has a future at Anfield because of that loan.
But the signs are good for Brewster. He links up with Steve Cooper, for one thing. The current Swansea boss coached Brewster in the forward’s finest hour.
Cooper was the boss when England U17s won the World Cup in 2017, with Brewster winning the Golden Boot. Liverpool know that Cooper can get the best out of him and so if Brewster is to get experience and confidence at senior level, it’ll be under Cooper.
Yes, it’s make or break with Brewster but playing under Cooper is enough to make things look promising.