Rumoured Striker Loan
One of the less hyped Aston Villa transfer rumour links this week was Aston Villa’s name being mentioned in a list of clubs that could be interested in a loan move for Liverpool striker prospect Rhian Brewster. The 20-year-old had a successful loan period last season at Swansea City, scoring 11 goals in 22 games after joining the Swans in January.
Jurgen Klopp has no designs on selling him, but may be keen to ramp up his development with a loan spell in the Premier League.
Why would Villa actually be interested in taking another club’s young starlet on loan at this stage?
Well, you’d expect Villa to be above such short-term ventures, if they have real designs on progressing in the Premier League and returning to the top half of the league.
Villa’s loan of Tammie Abraham from Chelsea, while they were in the Championship served a purpose of helping the team get promoted, but ultimately it left a hole to fill once the loan was up.
While Villa will want to be developing their own players now, there is a shred of logic in getting Brewster in, at least in the short-term. A loan for Brewster up until the winter transfer window would allow Villa to at least cover Wesley’s rehabilitation.
With Villa’s Brazilian forward expected to miss at least a month or two of the season, Villa would cover the Brazilian’s absence with a motivated and talented player, and get around needing to buy an extra striker in, on top of mooted target Ollie Watkins.
Brewster is certainly a confident player, although some Liverpool fans have pointed to him being a little too cocky for his age.
“I don’t really want to go on loan,” Brewster said recently, before rationalising, “but if that’s the best thing for me to do, to go away and get more game time, then that’s what I’m going to do.”
Going to Villa for the first part of the season makes sense both the player and Liverpool. It’ll get him potentially more game time and he’d thus be better prepared to help Liverpool, if they have a fixture pile-up later on in the season. Alternately, they could reassess the situation and loan him out again from January, most likely to a Championship side like last season.
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The rumour mill have linked Brewster with the likes of Newcastle, Brighton, Fulham and Crystal Palace, but it’s uncertain how legit their interest actually is. The Championship perhaps seems more likely, if he was going to go on loan for the season.
Villa were allegedly interested in Brewster at the start of the year, before he joined Swansea. If that interest was true, then the player’s successful period at Swansea, where he helped their late surge into the play-offs, would have only reinforced Dean Smith’s interest in the player.
Considering Villa were forced to play games last season without any available strikers, even if the Brewster-Villa link doesn’t have legs, it does spotlight that such a loan move maybe good diligence on Villa’s part to cover Wesley’s rehabilitation, on top of getting another striker in.