Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believes that the club are well-placed to sign Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster on loan in January – but thinks a potential lack of game time could ruin their chances.
It is thought that Brewster has alerted the attentions of a few Championship clubs ahead of the winter window, with The Telegraph reporting that Swansea City currently lead the race amid interest from Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday, amongst others.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan believes that while the Whites’ playing style under Marcelo Bielsa could work in their favour, concerns over the 19-year-old’s game time could harm their efforts to bring him to Elland Road.
He said: “There is obviously interest from Leeds in Brewster and I’m sure there are a queue of clubs wanting to take him. But Leeds have a good chance, definitely.
“A huge thing in Leeds’ favour is that Marcelo Bielsa is a great coach and Leeds play in a similar way to Liverpool – build out from the back, press from the front, high energy, smooth passing combinations and an aggressive playing style.
“Klopp will be keen for Brewster to join Leeds and learn under Bielsa. It’s probably in Klopp’s mind to send him to a team that play a similar style of football to Liverpool, and that’s where Leeds will fit the bill.
“The issue is how much game time he would have, as Patrick Bamford is the number one centre-forward at Leeds.”
Whelan’s concern is a fair one given that Leeds currently have a Premier League forward in Eddie Nketiah loaned to them without granting the Arsenal youngster a substantial amount of game time – with the striker playing just 467 minutes this season, which averages little over 31 minutes per appearance.
It is clear how that could form a worry for Klopp or indeed Brewster should the Reds sanction a move to Elland Road, while the speculation does imply that the future of Nketiah can hardly be as certain, either.
Whether Leeds have made a rod for their own back by underusing the on-loan Gunner remains to be seen, though while rumours persist over their January business, it seems that Bielsa would have to alter his selection policy to ensure the satisfaction of all parties.
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