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Leeds United have recently been linked with a move for Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster ahead of potential loan move in the January transfer window.
Brewster has struggled for consistent game time in the Reds first team this season, which is understandable given the impressive first half of this year’s campaign from the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino.
But the young forward is yet to be sent out on loan in his career so far, and could certainly benefit from getting regular minutes in senior football under his belt at the earliest of opportunities.
Brewster also has offers on the table from the likes of Aston Villa according to The Mirror, but a move to Marcelo Bielsa’s promotion-chasing Leeds team could be a tempting proposition for the 19-year-old.
It’s been reported by The Athletic that Liverpool will only consider loaning Brewster to Leeds in the New Year, providing they receive assurances that Brewster will get regular game time for the first team with Marcelo Bielsa.
But that certainly isn’t a given by any stretch of the imagination, and Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah knows all about that feeling this season.
The Gunners youngster arrived at Elland Road during the summer, and there were high-hopes that he could be the striker to fire Leeds to a long-awaited promotion into the Premier League.
That hasn’t been the case though, with Nketiah being restricted to substitute appearances, with the on-loan forward still yet to make a league start for Bielsa’s men.
This has led to previous reports emerging that Leeds were expecting Arsenal to recall Nketiah early from his loan spell, which certainly wouldn’t come as a surprise to the majority of the Elland Road faithful.
Arsenal would have originally expected him to feature on a regular basis, otherwise you have to feel as though the Gunners would have sent him out on loan to another Championship club instead.
Brewster needs to keep Nketiah’s lack of game time under consideration, as it seems difficult to see what he offers that the Arsenal forward doesn’t.
A wrong move would be far from ideal for both the player and Liverpool, as they’ll be wanting the youngster to further his development in senior football at the earliest of opportunities.
If Brewster is to have any chance of providing Jurgen Klopp with a potential selection dilemma in the future, then he needs to get regular game time under his belt this season, which is something that might not be possible at Leeds United this season as they hunt down promotion back into the top-flight under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa.
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