Igår tog våra ungdomar oss vidare i FA-cupen, en av våra största påläggskalvar var dock inte med i matchen. Rhian Brewster befinner sig i stället i Swansea på lån, där han ska försöka hjälpa laget att klättra i tabellen. Guto Llewelyn(@GutoLlewelyn) har gästat oss många gånger för att berätta om Swansea, här kommer hans utlåtande om Brewsters första tid i klubben:
Namn: Rhian Brewster
Utlånad till: Swansea i Championship
- How has the season been so far for Swansea?
Results have been pretty good but performances haven’t been great. It’s a season of change having lost our manager, Graham Potter in the summer and two of our best players in Oli McBurnie and Daniel James. The fact we are challenging for the play-offs is a surprise.
2. What were your thoughts when you signed Brewster on loan?
I was extremely happy when Brewster’s signing was announced. We have not seen much of him because of his limited senior experience but he has a big reputation, was the top scorer at the under-17 World Cup and featured on the bench in a Champions League final. His goal-scoring record at youth level is exceptional and by all accounts he has the potential to be a very good player. Goal-scoring has been a problem for us this season although that’s got more to do with our lack of creativity than poor striker, but it will still help to have a striker of his quality.
3. In what position has he been used so far?
He has played as a central striker, leading the line in a rigid 4-3-3. He has been expected to get involved in build-up play as well as getting on the end of balls into the box.
4. How has he performed in the games for Swansea?
He has had a very good start to life in Swansea. He has shown that he’s willing to work hard and is always prepared to tackle and put pressure on defenders when he does not have the ball. He is also always looking to get into good positions. His runs are intelligent and already he seems to have built a good understanding with Andre Ayew and in particular Conor Gallagher. With two goals in four games, he’s made a very good start and hopefully he can help get us into the play-offs.
5. How do you rate his chances to become a regular player for Liverpool in the future?
It’s always so difficult to predict if a player will break into the first team at any top club but with Liverpool clearly the best team in the world at the moment, it looks particularly difficult. However Klopp has shown a lot of faith in youngsters over recent years so Brewster will definitely get his chance. Four Championship games is probably too soon to make a concrete judgement on this question, but I definitely think he will get games for Liverpool in the Premier League over the coming years, even if it’s a big ask for him to become a regular starter, although I definitely would not rule it out as he is clearly very talented.
6. Are there any young, talented players at Swansea that we should keep an eye on for the future?
Swansea gave more minutes to players under 23 last season than any other team in the Championship and our squad is actually younger now than it was back then. Unfortunately a lot of the bight young players this season are only on loan to the club just like Brewster, so it’s unlikely we’ll be able to keep them. Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher is clearly a brilliant midfielder and Freddie Woodman, on loan from Newcastle, has been one of the best keepers in the division. In terms of Swansea’s own youngsters the clear star is Joe Rodon. He’s a Welsh international centre-back who will definitely be playing in the Premier League in the future. He’s likely to start for Wales in Euro 2020 and is already a leader in this Swansea team