This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
The race for Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster is hotting up, with Sheffield Wednesday the latest club to take an interest in the starlet, as per TeamTALK.
Liverpool look likely to let Brewster leave on loan in January, following the England U21 striker’s first-team debut this season, but with game-time needed to help his development, a move away from Anfield looks like the probable outcome.
So would Brewster be a good signing for the Owls and is he actually needed?
“While Garry Monk has a large pool of strikers to pick from that, on paper, appear to be of Championship quality but are not performing consistently when given the chance.
“Steven Fletcher is the only forward at Hillsborough that has shown consistency this season, so adding in someone fresh to the squad might help shoulder that burden a bit more.
“Brewster is regarded as one of the brightest talents at Anfield and is in need of first-team experience to see his development advance, so a move to Wednesday could be good for him.
“Signing Brewster would give the Owls a different dynamic up front with a striker that has more pace and energy than what they currently have.”
“I find it strange that Brewster is getting linked with so many clubs, he hasn’t exactly set the world alight at senior level yet and I personally believe he would find the Championship to be a tough competition.
“Obviously he has talent but sometimes that isn’t enough and Wednesday would be looking for a player who has the mentality to succeed in the Championship as they make a push for the play-off places.
“He would certainly add something different to what they already have up top, with the likes of Atdhe Nuhiu, Steven Fletcher and Jordan Rhodes all preferring to receive the ball to feet, whereas Brewtser prefers to be played in behind the opposition defence.
“Ultimately he needs a loan move to build his confidence and get him scoring goals, so therefore a move to Wednesday in January could be beneficial for his long-term prospects of breaking into Jurgen Klopp’s starting eleven.”
Would Rhian Brewster be a good signing for the Owls?
“Brewster is highly regarded at Anfield following his progression through the academy, and he should prove to be a top signing for any Championship side in the January window.
“This means that most second-tier clubs – including Wednesday – will be considering the possibility of a swoop for the striker, but events on Saturday afternoon may now change the nature of their interest.
“The club would have been targeting a striker to play alongside Steven Fletcher in the second half of the season, but Jordan Rhodes’ impressive hat-trick against Nottingham Forest means he could step up to the mark.
“Liverpool will be wanting Brewster to play regular first-team football if he moves out on loan, so Wednesday must carefully consider whether they would still be able to provide him with this given recent events.”