Rhian Brewster has for a long time been tipped to be the next big thing at Liverpool.
The striker shined with the England youth sides, and it just seemed to be a matter of time before he got his big break at Anfield and announced himself onto the Premier League scene.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t quite worked out like that, the 20-year-old has made just a handful of senior appearances for the Reds, and The Sun are now reporting that he’s actively pushing for a move away from the Merseyside club.
Now, these links away are nothing new, but with Brewster apparently now wanting to leave, Liverpool may have to actually let him go, but they can’t afford to be too gung-ho with this.
There are bound to be differing offers with a range of financial incentives with numerous top-flight clubs interested in the striker, but with the Reds reportedly seeking a buy-back clause in any deal, they also need to examine what type of team Brewster is going to.
If the Reds have plans to bring him back in a few years’ time once his potential materialises, they need to make sure he’s at a club where a striker can flourish, and unfortunately, some of the teams in for him don’t quite match that description.
Crystal Palace are a notoriously defensive side under Roy Hodgson, scoring fewer goals than any team that didn’t finish in the bottom three last term, while Steve Bruce’s Newcastle were outscored by 16 teams in the division last season.
One of the better options may end up being Aston Villa, where creative players such as Jack Grealish and John McGinn have already been supplemented this summer with the arrivals of Bertrand Traore and Ollie Watkins.
Brighton remain another interested party, and if Saturday’s game against Manchester United was anything to go by, they will create a lot of chances for any striker in their side, as they netted twice and hit the woodwork an astonishing five times as they continuously carved United’s defence apart.
Liverpool would be smart to include a buy-back clause when selling Brewster, but that shrewd move could end up being futile if they sell him to a club where he won’t get the chance to flourish.