Liverpool could put a buy-back clause into any deal for Rhian Brewster, according to reports. The Reds may sell their 20-year-old forward this year.
Sky Sports report that Liverpool may place a buy-back clause into any sale for Brewster. The Reds haven’t decided to sell the player but are considering it – as long as someone fronts £20m.
There are plenty of potential suitors, though. Sky names four – Aston Villa, Brighton, Newcastle United and Sheffield United. And if any do make their move, Liverpool must put that clause in. It could save the club a lot in the future.
Brewster can be a star. We’re certain of it. He’s a natural goalscorer, for one, while his step-up into senior football with Swansea City was near-flawless. All he needs now is to kick on in the Premier League and there’s reason to be very excited.
Brewster spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea and bagged 11 goals in 22 Championship games. That’s a fine record and one that bodes well for his future. Those were his first senior games, after all.
And so we can’t help but hope that Liverpool don’t sell him. We think Brewster can play a role this season, for one thing, but the potential is certainly there for him to play a part in the future. He’s still just 20 but looks a natural striker.
But there are some issues. The biggest of which is the doubts over whether he even can fulfil his potential at Liverpool.
Brewster is a natural goalscorer but Liverpool don’t play with one. They play 4-3-3 with Roberto Firmino as a False 9 and goalscoring wingers either side. The central forward drops deep, rather than getting in the box to score himself.
It’s a heavily involved role and one that demands a well-rounded game. No wonder Jurgen Klopp recently said Brewster needs to add more to his game, then.
Liverpool’s big decision, then, is whether they devote time to changing Brewster’s game. If they’re willing to sacrifice their well-oiled system every now and then to play the youngster, Brewster could gradually get used to things. But they’d need to know that the sacrifice is worth it as the team would naturally suffer.
You don’t want to go out there with an odd part, potentially costing you a game, and then decide he’s not good enough.
Playing it safe
But there’s perhaps a safer option – selling Brewster with a buyback clause. That way, Liverpool get cash up-front and let the player move somewhere that he can develop properly. He can find a club that uses a striker like him and will play him in the top-flight regularly.
If he does fulfil his potential and becomes an elite player, Liverpool can buy him back. If he doesn’t, then they didn’t waste the time and effort.
It would certainly cost more money than just keeping him but his ceiling may be higher this way. The right club could turn him into a top player by giving him what he needs.
Liverpool, unfortunately, may not be able to. They’d have to change the way they play just for Brewster and right now, that’s far too big of a risk.