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Rhian Brewster: Why Liverpool striker’s loan to Swansea makes sense

When Rhian Brewster won the Golden Boot and Bronze Ball at the U-17 World Cup back in 2017, many within the red side of Merseyside became aware of the talent they had within their ranks. Unable to kick off effectively during this unbelievable season Liverpool are putting together, young Rhian has his first spell away from Anfield in his professional career. Down the Mersey tunnel he will go, into Wales, and towards Swansea.

“We all know he has got the talent and ability…If Rhian wants to go far and stay at the top, if he can put in that work rate and relentless running, that’s how he’s gonna get the better of most defenders.”

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard’s comment on Brewster, when he was in charge of Liverpool’s U18 side

Last night, as per Sky Sports News, the Swans have won the race for for the 19 year old. This is despite interest from Aston Villa as well as fellow Championship sides in Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds. The attraction was evidently the prospect of consistent first team football. Something that will be key to Brewster’s progression. With the arrival of Takumi Minamino, it is hard to envisage the former Chelsea youth product getting much first-team football at Anfield. He needs to leave The Reds temporarily, to get some minutes under his belt.

Rhian Brewster – Style of play

Brewster led the line for Steve Cooper’s U-17 England side and flourished. It’s no coincidence that he has chosen to link up with the gaffer who he has enjoyed the most success with. He will be looking to make his mark in the crunch tie against Cardiff City, and more push Borja Baston for a starting place.

Brewster will provide Swansea with a No.9 who is elusive and tenacious, learning from the best at Liverpool. The striker is likely to have picked up a lot of the mannerisms Klopp instilled into him at Anfield. They could prove to be crucial in him hitting the heights we all want him to at the Liberty Stadium. Despite not being the biggest of strikers, the England U21 international is relentless and adept at occupying both CBs.

Will he be a success?

Ankle problems have hampered his chances thus far, but given the attacking intent Paul Cook’s side shows, Brewster is bound to be given ample opportunities infront of goal, with former Liverpool youngster Yan Dhanda, Celina and Ayew behind him in Cooper’s 4-2-3-1.

Rhian Brewster with Steve Cooper

That creative lineup is up there with some of the best in the Championship, and thus I tip Rhian to be a big success in Wales. I hope he can prove to Jurgen why he should be given more chances leading into the 2020/21 season. The ideal scenario, he is the long term heir to Roberto Firmino’s role.

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