Leeds United supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side suffer a fourth successive Championship away defeat in going down 2-1 at Norwich City on Saturday.
Paul Heckingbottom’s men went into their trip to Carrow Road off the back of beating Barnsley in their preceding league encounter to end a run of no win in four games, but they were unable to record a first victory on their travels since December in Norfolk on Saturday. They gave themselves a great opportunity to do so though when Kalvin Phillips gave them the lead, only for goals from Wes Hoolahan and Josh Murphy to secure all three points for Daniel Farke’s side, thus inflicting a fourth successive away defeat on Heckingbottom’s Leeds.
As such, there have been many frustrated and disappointed Leeds fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their team can pick up victory in their final match of the season against Queens Park Rangers this weekend to at least finish the campaign on a high.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Leeds supporters to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that Celtic are set to sign Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster on loan for next season.
Yet the 18-year-old striking sensation should forget about a move to Parkhead, as Elland Road appears to be the perfect destination for him to develop and thus forward his career.
Ultimately, there is little doubting that the Reds forward has a huge career ahead of him based on his efforts in youth football, not least for England in netting 20 goals in just 23 games for the Under-17s, including eight en route to their magical World Cup winning success last summer.
Add in eight goals and eight assists in 19 games for the Liverpool Under-23 side, and Brewster is taking youth football by storm to suggest that he is ready to make the step up into league football.
Although the step up to Scottish Premiership football, not least at champions Celtic, may be too big a leap for the 18-year-old, what with manager Brendan Rodgers possessing the likes of Moussa Dembele, Leigh Griffiths, and Odsonne Edouard in attack.
Yes, it’s likely that all three won’t be at Celtic Park next season, but it is still unlikely that Brewster will command regular football if just one or two of them remain at the club, and while being around the club can only aid in his development, he could do that by staying at Liverpool.
Whereas first team opportunities appear more likely at Leeds.
Ultimately, the long, hard slog that is the Championship season lends itself to rotation and having a deep squad, so that immediately would give Brewster more chances to play regular football, what with it often three games in the space of seven days, certainly when the cup competitions start.
Add in Leeds’ somewhat flagging striking ranks, what with Pierre Michel Lasogga only on loan until the summer, and Jay-Roy Grot, Pawel Cibicki, and Caleb Ekuban netting just three goals between them this term, and it’s clear that reinforcements are needed if Heckingbottom is to oversee a promotion push next season.
And landing Brewster would without doubt bolster those ranks and provide genuine depth and indeed competition to the front men, thus underlining why he should forget about Celtic as Elland Road appears to be the perfect destination for the 18-year-old striking sensation.
Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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