The future of Rhian Brewster will affect Liverpool’s transfer plans this summer. The Reds need to decide what they’re doing with the 20-year-old.
Brewster is a highly talented player. We could gauge that from his achievements at youth level – the U17 World Cup Golden Boot among them – and from Liverpool including him in first-team training.
But we hadn’t seen it at senior level. This season, however, that changed as Brewster bagged 11 goals in the second half of the season for Swansea City. We now know he can score senior goals, Championship or not.
And that means Liverpool have options with him next season.
Teams will want Brewster on loan for next season. There will likely be Premier League teams who would like to give him a chance at the top level, even. If Liverpool can secure a decent top-flight loan for the player, they’ll be very tempted.
The right one could help develop Brewster rapidly if he can score goals and play week in, week out. But that comes with a catch.
Liverpool need goals themselves. There are the front-three, of course, who score consistently, but very little beyond that. Divock Origi, the primary backup, has scored once in 2020 and added just one assist.
Brewster, with his 11 Championship goals, offers a free alternative. He appears to have a knack for scoring, as he demonstrated with a fantastic variety of strikes for the Swans.
You wouldn’t blame them for holding onto Brewster and seeing what they can get out of him next season, then. But they run a risk themselves of not giving him enough minutes to develop properly.
Brewster staying would also take up space that any potential signing would otherwise fill. Liverpool reportedly want Ismaila Sarr, for instance. It’s difficult to see how they could move for him if Brewster is there.
Yes, they play different positions, but Origi would likely change roles depending on who it is. If Sarr is here on the wing, Origi focuses on playing as a striker. If it’s Brewster, the Belgian primarily covers Sadio Mane on the flank.
If Liverpool find a good loan for Brewster, they may well take it. And in that case, we can see them moving for Sarr or another young forward to cover the front-three.
But otherwise, we think they should take a punt on Brewster himself. It would come at the cost of any major deal, of course, but that’s money they could put into centre-half.
And if Brewster catches fire at Liverpool, they’ll have a fantastic goalscorer with a very bright future for no money at all. That just seems like too good of a situation to pass up.