Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has advised Rhian Brewster to reject any advances that the club might make for him, with the Liverpool youngster reportedly wanted by Spurs on loan.
Last week, Football Insider reported that the Londoners had identified the 20-year-old as a player in whom they were interested in signing on a loan deal, with Goal.com claiming that Aston Villa, Newcastle, Brighton, Fulham and Crystal Palace are all keen on a short-term move for the England Under-17 World Cup winner.
However, Bent is concerned that Brewster will not get regular game-time under Mourinho and feels that the youngster should not opt to join Tottenham. He told Football Insider: “You’re messing around with Brewster’s development. He can’t be somebody who sits on the bench. I would wait and see what happens and go somewhere where he could progress and play.
“I do like what Mourinho’s doing, but I’m just a bit nervous about him not getting enough game time. Someone like Kane, we’ve seen he has a lot of injuries but at the same time we can’t say that’s going to be the case.
“I would prefer someone like Callum Wilson because I don’t like seeing youngsters go to a club and not get enough game time.
“You look at Ryan Sessegnon. I had really big aspirations for him, I thought he’d do well and he’s hardly kicked a ball down there.”
It isn’t hard to see why Tottenham, along with several other clubs, are hopeful of securing a deal for Brewster, who has been in excellent form throughout 2020. He netted 11 goals during a loan spell in the Championship for Swansea in the second half of last season and has carried that hot streak into pre-season action for Liverpool, scoring in their 3-0 win over Stuttgart last weekend and netting both of their goals in the 2-2 draw against Red Bull Salzburg yesterday.
However, Bent’s concerns about the 20-year-old potentially struggling for regular game-time at Spurs are understandable. Mourinho has started with just one centre-forward for the majority of his matches in his time in north London so far, and with Harry Kane such a consistently high scorer for the club, he will almost inevitably be the manager’s go-to option for the number nine role.
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Indeed, Bent has cited a pertinent case study in Sessegnon to highlight Mourinho’s apparent reputation for stunting the development of young players. The ex-Fulham prodigy joined Spurs last summer but has only managed 12 appearances for the club so far, starting just four Premier League games and struggling to break into the first XI despite having a glittering reputation from his Craven Cottage days.
In any case, with Brewster performing so impressively for Liverpool of late, there is every chance that Jurgen Klopp will want to keep him at Anfield and tell all of the prospective suitors for the 20-year-old to take their interests elsewhere. At this moment, it seems hard to envisage the striker in a Tottenham shirt in the foreseeable future.
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