Championship outfit Swansea City are leading the race to loan Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster in January, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The newspaper claims that the special ‘relationship’ between the 19-year-old and Swans boss Steve Cooper has given the Welsh team the advantage.
The duo worked together with England’s Under-17s World Cup triumph two years ago, which, combined with the prospect of more regular football than elsewhere, has Swansea in pole position heading into the winter transfer window.
Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End have all been chasing the teenager, while German clubs have been taking a look as well.
This seems like a good thing for Brewster and for Liverpool. By going to Swansea he’d be going to a good club, with a solid reputation for nurturing young talent, under the tutelage of somebody he knows well and who he’s enjoyed success with in the past. That sounds like a great situation for a young man poised to embark on his first loan spell away from the Reds. You can see from the sheer number of teams interested in Brewster just what a hot prospect he is, but that only means that Liverpool need to be even more selective with where he goes. Palace is too high a level for him at this stage, there’s simply no need to through the youngster into Premier League football. So then it’s about assessing the best Championship destination, and that is clearly Swansea for the reasons mentioned earlier. Now we simply have to wait and see whether he does in fact end up at the Liberty Stadium next month.