This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
Whilst England’s senior side qualified for Euro 2020 against Montenegro last Thursday, the Three Lions’ U21 team were in action against Albania the following day.
The youngsters have impressed in their group so far, with the 3-0 victory over the Balkan nation being their fourth win out of four in their group. If they keep on in this form, their place at the final tournament in 2021 is all but guaranteed.
The game against the Eagles saw the first start at this level for Liverpool teenager Rhian Brewster. He has a bright future ahead of him, but he will need to make big improvements to break into the Reds’ first-team based on this performance.
Watch Liverpool Videos With StreamFootball.tv Below
The 19-year-old had a bit of a shocker. For the most part, he played a supporting role on the pitch. He had just 20 touches of the ball, making an astonishingly low nine passes considering England had 65% of the ball throughout the clash, and took part in just two duels – although he did win one.
However, he did have some big moments. Unfortunately, he fluffed his lines at each opportunity. He had four shots, with two on target and two missing it – one of which even hit the woodwork – which is not a great record for the team’s main striker.
In the end, he was taken off after 72 minutes, with Aidy Boothroyd putting him out of his misery. His disappointing display may not have affected the final result, but it will have done him no favours in the eyes of Jurgen Klopp.
So far, he has made just two appearances in professional football, and he will be turning 20 next April. When you consider that Liverpool target Jadon Sancho, who is just six days older than Brewster, has made 82, you can see just how far behind the younger forward is.
The Reds man has also been the subject of interest from the Bundesliga in the past, where Sancho plays, and a short-term spell away from Merseyside would not go amiss, whether it be in Germany or domestically.
With Roberto Firmino leading the line at the moment at Anfield, Brewster’s chances are likely to be few and far between. At this point in his career, he needs to play. This England performance can only be described as rusty, and regular minutes is what he needs to avoid a repeat.