Sky Bet Championship sides Brentford and Millwall are interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane on loan this summer, according to reports from Goal.
The 20-year-old played an influential role in helping Doncaster Rovers reach the League One play-off semi-finals last season, scoring seven goals and producing nine assists from midfield.
After establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the third tier, it looks as if Liverpool are keen to try Kane out in the Championship, with Brentford and Millwall believed to be tracking his signature on a loan deal.
Here, FLW writer George Harbey discusses the future of Herbie Kane in today’s six-pointer…
Firstly, what did you make of Kane’s campaign last season?
I thought he was tremendous for Doncaster last season.
He really flourished in their three-man midfield, and produced plenty of goals going forward for Grant McCann’s side.
He will have definitely got what he wanted out of the loan move away from Anfield, for sure.
Is he ready for the Championship, then?
I think that he is more than ready to test himself in the Championship having proven himself in League One.
You could tell that his quality on the ball was a class above last season, and he would fit in with life in the Championship with ease.
There are plenty of quality young players in the second tier, and a decent season could really put him in the shop window if he doesn’t make it at Anfield – just look at Harry Wilson.
Where would be the best move for him?
I think Kane is a player who would suit Brentford to a tee, and it’s the perfect move for him if he does leave Anfield.
The Bees are renowned for their attractive, attacking, passing style of football, and a player of Kane’s quality would fit right in at Griffin Park.
The competition for places is high at the West London club, especially after signing Christian Norgaard from Fiorentina, but it’s what makes you better as a player.
Would a move to Millwall be a good place for him to play his football?
I can see why the Lions are interested in Kane, as they are in need of a new, creative face in the middle of the park.
Kane is likely to be a regular if he moved to the Den, as Neil Harris has shown his faith in young players, recently awarding Ben Thompson with a new deal after a fine season last time out.
They probably aren’t known for their passing style of football as much as Brentford are, but I think it’s a decent place for him to move on loan too.
What traits does he bring to the team?
Kane is a magnificent box-to-box midfielder, and his work-rate was there for all to see in Donny’s three-man midfield last season.
He can pick out a pass, he has a fantastic shot on him, and is also solid defensively, which would make him a very useful option to have.
He is very versatile too, so whether it’s as a deep lying playmaker or in behind the striker, he can more than do a job.
Finally, can you see a future for him at Liverpool?
It’s so hard to say, as the gulf in class is monumentally huge.
Right now, he’s obviously nowhere near, as the standard of midfielders already at the club is quite sensational.
Harry Wilson enjoyed a remarkable spell out on loan with Derby last season, but even he won’t be able to get in ahead of Mo Salah or Sadio Mane.
It’s a tough one, as he just hasn’t put a foot wrong.