Newcastle United would like to secure a loan for Rhian Brewster, according to reports. A move wouldn’t suit Liverpool, however.
Newcastle would quite like to bring in Brewster on loan, according to the Telegraph. That comes after failing to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles as Arsenal’s £25m asking-price is too high.
The Magpies aren’t the only ones linked with Liverpool’s 20-year-old, however. The BBC claimed earlier in the month that there are quite a few interested, with Aston Villa, Brighton, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Fulham joining Newcastle.
Now, this report from the Telegraph at least backs up the Newcastle part, suggesting there’s some real truth in the rumour. But should Liverpool listen?
What RTK has to say
This isn’t the right move from Liverpool’s perspective, at least in our opinion. There are a couple of reasons for that but it mainly stems from chasing perfection.
Liverpool need to make sure Brewster gets an ideal loan. If he doesn’t, then it makes far more sense to keep him at Anfield. Liverpool could use goals from the bench, for one, and the youngster can offer them.
But there’s also Jurgen Klopp’s belief that Brewster needs to learn how to be more involved in games. We think Liverpool may be the best place to learn that, given their style of play and history of developing players under Klopp.
He won’t learn that at a club that doesn’t attack in numbers, though. Liverpool cannot afford to send Brewster somewhere that will isolate him and expect results. The fear is that Newcastle is a side just like that.
They scored 39 goals in their 38 games last season – only two teams scored fewer. One of those was bottom-of-the-league Norwich City and the other Palace – so Liverpool may want to scratch them off the list, too.
Newcastle aren’t a bad side but the right side? We’re not sure. If they want a 20-year-old to come in and fix their goalscoring woes then that just seems like too much. If they had an established and successful style of play – like Sheffield United – then their ‘Goals For’ total wouldn’t put us off.
As it is, they are a team that likely needs a more senior figure to right things at the top end of the pitch. They tried a young player in Joelinton last season, after all, and he managed just two goals.
We’re not sure Brewster is the player they’re looking for. And from Liverpool’s perspective, the move probably isn’t what they’re looking for either.