The sound of the ball hitting the stanchion, an inch perfect pass, the first touch of Zinedine Zidane – just a few of the most satisfying things in football, we can add ‘an academy prospect becoming a world beater’ to that list. Liverpool fans have been growing anxious about the progress of their latest next best thing but the example of Harry Kane shows that Rhian Brewster still has plenty of time to realise his potential.
It feels like Rhian Brewster been about to break into the first team for an eternity. The prodigy has been cited as a future world class striker for years now having caught they eye with consecutive youth World Cup hat tricks when he was 17-years-old.
Having failed to make an impact in cup fixtures some Kopites have grown anxious about Brewster’s progress, even if most won’t admit it. The ascendancy of Mason Greenwood doesn’t help the situation at all. However, Harry Kane shows just why Liverpool fans should keep faith in Rhian Brewster – not everybody bursts onto the scene as a teen.
Kane spent most of his late teenage years bouncing around the leagues on a series of loan moves, playing spells with Leyton Orient, Norwich City, Millwall and Leicester City.
It wasn’t until the 2014-15 season that Kane, at 21-years-old, established himself as a Premier League striker. The Englishman had made 10 appearances the season before, netting three goals. In the 14-15 season Kane bagged 21 goals in 34 games in the league.
Rhian Brewster is just 20-years-old and currently enjoying his first loan spell having netted six goals in 12 games for Swansea City. We can learn two things from Harry Kane’s career trajectory: Rhian Brewster still has plenty of time and he needs experience at the highest level.
Kane played three times as many games in the 2014-15 season as he did the campaign before but he scored seven times as many goals. If we want Brewster to realise his immense potential the club will need to give him the game time he needs to do so.