Rhian Brewster scores again for Swansea City and in doing so, should make next season’s plan clear.
Swansea drew 2-2 away at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and while that wasn’t a great result, they did see Brewster bag his fourth in ten games.
That’s a decent record for a 19-year-old playing his first ten senior games. In fact, given Swansea’s league position, it’s a brilliant record.
Brewster looks like a natural goalscorer and his strike on Saturday suggested as much. The ball sat up nicely outside the box and Brewster arrowed a brilliant volley into the bottom corner.
It’s the kind of finish Liverpool fans hoped to see in the first-team this season. Unfortunately, the teenager couldn’t quite break through.
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This loan looks to be working wonders for Brewster, however. He’s getting senior experience and senior goals – it’ll do his confidence a world of good.
And it also makes it clear that he needs to go out on loan again next season.
A few more goals between now and the end of the campaign will drive up the interest from other clubs. A Championship loan looks the best bet, really – and at a better team, Brewster looks capable of scoring plenty.
That’s what he needs to boost his Liverpool chances. He needs the confidence of a regular goalscorer and one who can bully senior defenders.
He’s only going to get that from playing games and thus another loan makes complete sense. There’s no risk of wasted time, either, given that Brewster is still only 19.
He can take a couple more years honing his craft and remain a young player looking to step up. But for now, he needs to learn goalscoring at senior level. It looks as though that’s as simple as playing him – the first extended period of games he gets, Brewster scores at a solid rate.
So next year, Liverpool need to make sure Brewster is getting that experience. There will be plenty of teams willing to give it to him.