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Leeds United could rekindle their interest in Swansea City’s on-loan striker Rhian Brewster this summer, according to a report by Phil Hay of The Athletic, with the Liverpool youngster potentially a target, should Marcelo Bielsa’s side gain promotion to the Premier League.
Leeds were keen on Brewster before the teenager penned a loan agreement with Swansea in January, with the promise of game-time at the Liberty a big factor in Liverpool’s decision to send the striker to South Wales.
So would Brewster be a good addition for the Whites?
“If Leeds remained in the Championship next season, you would say that Brewster is a good signing.
“The young striker has done well at Swansea City since arriving on loan, but you would expect Marcelo Bielsa to bring in a more experienced frontman if they do secure Premier League promotion.
“It could be that Brewster is hauled on along side a proven goalscorer at the highest level, and that would hand Leeds a superb option.
“Brewster himself, should take Leeds’ interest as a huge compliment.”
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“I can definitely see why Leeds would be more likely to pursue a deal this summer rather than back in January, with Brewster having now gained first-team experience at Swansea while proving himself in senior football.
“It would have represented a gamble for Leeds to make him their first-choice target back in January, but they can now feel more confident chasing him in the summer as he has netted four goals for the Swans and has adapted to life in the Championship.
“Brewster also possesses plenty of qualities that would help him fit in at Elland Road aside from his goalscoring ability, with the Liverpool frontman capable of producing fine hold-up play while Bielsa will also like the fact he works tirelessly for the team.
“The 19-year-old would certainly represent a good addition for Leeds if they seal promotion to the top flight, but it is important that the Whites also make other attacking signings in order to bolster their squad effectively.”
“I think this is a deal that could suit all parties involved.
“When you at the options available to them upfront at the minute – Patrick Bamford and the on-loan Jean-Kevin Augustin – it does seem as though they will need to add to their options upfront next season, particularly if, as looks to be the case, they do win promotion to the Premier League this season.
“For Brewster himself, it does seem as though a step up to the Premier League next season is the logical one for the young attacker, following his promising loan spell in the Championship with Swansea so far this season.
“With it hard to see him breaking into Liverpool’s starting XI next season considering the strength they currently have in attack, a loan move elsewhere to a team such as Leeds may be more beneficial for him in terms of gaining that top-flight experience, which he should be confident of doing given the Whites’ history of giving chances to young players in the past few years.”