Swansea City have today been linked with a January loan-move for Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, as the 19-year-old looks to make his senior league debut in men’s football.
Brewster was part of the Liverpool side that drew 5-5 with Arsenal in the Carabao Cup this week, which the Reds won 5-4 on penalties.
It was only his second appearance of the season for Jurgen Klopp’s team, with other coming against MK Dons in the same competition earlier last month.
Today he’s been linked with a loan-move in January, with several clubs including Swansea, Bristol City and Crystal Palace rumoured to be interested.
Here we take a look at two pros and two cons of Swansea signing the youngster in January:
Pro: Highly-regarded youngster
Brewster is one of many young talents at Liverpool who’s held in high-regards by the club.
Though we’ve not seen all that much of Brewster in action, he was the top-scorer at the under-17’s World Cup in 2017, scoring back-to-back hat-tricks against Brazil and USA.
If that’s anything to go on, he should make for a fine addition to Steve Cooper’s Swansea.
Con: Unknown talent
With that said, bringing in Brewster remains a risk.
He’s only made a handful of appearances for Liverpool in the Carabao Cup, and is yet to make his Premier League debut for the club.
Cooper won’t have much to go on if he’s to sign him, and ultimately it’s a big-risk for the club – he’s unknown talent and he’d be a risk for any club to take on.
Pro: Injection of pace
Something Swansea have lacked this season is a bit of pace up-front.
Andre Ayew leads the line on most days, but at 29-years-old his legs aren’t what they used to be – Although he’s Swansea’s most creative player with five goals and three assists in all competitions this season, he could well drop further down the pitch in place of some pace up-top.
Brewster is a player with bags of pace, and that would give Swansea a whole new dynamic in their attack – he would cause Championship defenders plenty of trouble in a Swansea shirt.
Con: Competition in the squad
As well as Ayew, Swansea also have Borja Baston in their ranks, on-loan striker Sam Surridge and Aldo Kalula soon to be returning from injury.
Brewster would become one of many strikers at the club and he would have to fight for a spot in Cooper’s starting XI.
He might find game-time hard to come by in South Wales, and it could result in a null loan-spell with the club – this would anger Klopp, who last season fined Bristol City for not playing loanee Ryan Kent as much as the club wanted them to.