Following the culmination of Swansea City’s Championship play-off campaign on Wednesday night after a 3-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Brentford, Liverpool loanee Rhian Brewster has seen his time with the South Wales club has come to an end. So, what next for the young striker?
What Does Rhian Brewster Do Next?
A Fruitful Loan Spell
After 11 goals in his 22 appearances since joining the Championship club in January, Brewster’s immediate future has been brought into question. Swansea boss Steve Cooper is keen to have the striker back at the Liberty Stadium, telling BBC Sport: “It goes without saying we’d really like to keep Rhian.”
Cooper, who coached Brewster at England U17 level, is also Liverpool’s former academy boss, links which helped in attracting the 20-year-old striker to the club originally.
The young striker’s development was hampered when he suffered ankle ligament damage following an awkward landing whilst playing for the Liverpool U23s side in a match against Manchester City. Since returning to fitness Brewster has gotten back on track and was part of the squad during Liverpool’s Champions League success in Madrid.
Liverpool are Uncertain
The Liverpool Echo has also reported that the Reds face a major headache over what to do with the youngster ahead of next season. Swansea and a host of other clubs, including Premier League sides, are interested in acquiring his goalscoring prowess for the entire season. However, it is possible Reds boss Jurgen Klopp could see him as part of his plans.
With the potential departure of more squad members, it’s increasingly possible Klopp will look to keep Brewster, who currently has only three first-team appearances for Liverpool, at Anfield next season.
Should the young striker face the prospect of limited game time with the Premier League champions next term, he would undoubtedly benefit from a loan spell away from the club. It is possible, however, that the Reds may prefer him to play Premier League football following his impressive taste of the Championship, much as they did with Harry Wilson when loaning him to Bournemouth.