Crystal Palace are allegedly targetting Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster for a move in the upcoming window.
According to reports from Football Insider, the Eagles have made contact with Jurgen Klopp’s side about the possibility of signing the youngster in January.
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With Brewster only playing two senior games in his entire career, the Liverpool manager is reportedly keen on allowing the 19-year-old to get more first-team football in the upcoming months, which could see him go to Selhurst Park.
However, considering Roy Hodgson’s attacking woes – they have scored the joint-second least amount of goals this campaign – is a player who has never scored a senior goal in his career really what the club needs?
There is no doubt that Brewster has real talent. The young forward has already made a name for himself on the world scene by winning the Golden Boot at the 2017 U17 World Cup; the tournament which England went onto win.
Additionally, he has a Champions League winner’s medal at home. Despite not playing a minute in the competition last term, he still made the bench for his side in Madrid as they defeated Tottenham 2-0.
But even still, he has never scored a goal in men’s football at a professional level. Ever. Considering the names of Olivier Giroud – France’s third all-time highest goal scorer – and Gabriel Barbosa – who just scored two last-minute goals to crown Flamengo as kings of South America – are being linked with the club, ending up with Rhian Brewster would be really underwhelming.
With Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew still being fully-fledged internationals and desperate for game time, why would Palace lend a hand to Liverpool and help develop one of their youngsters at a risk to both those players and their own team? He may well be talented, but there is absolutely no evidence to suggest he is cut out for this level just yet.
If Palace are serious about improving their squad, then a move for a striker with a proven goal record is essential. The potential rewards for giving Rhian Brewster lots of game time without any assurances he will score seem too low to take a risk on.
He may have a big future, but Palace will not benefit from him growing as a player as he is Liverpool’s. Palace need a figurehead who is capable of handling pressure and putting the ball in the back of the net – it is unclear whether Brewster can do that at senior level just yet, so they should leave this one alone.
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