These gifted youngsters, eh. They just won’t stop putting in mouth-watering displays of ability at the international level just as their parent club is going through a rough patch. All undoubtedly part of some diabolical plan to force their way into first team contention, perhaps even plotting to excel there when they do.
First it was Ben Woodburn, titillatingly scoring a game-winning screamer from 25 yards on his international debut, before creating the go-ahead goal in his second appearance for the Welsh dragons. It all fell apart with a home loss to Ireland in the ultimate qualifier, but up until that point, the nation’s faltering World Cup hopes seemed to have been singularly held together by the 17-year old.
And now, Rhian Brewster is flaunting his goods on the international scene. As if his quarter final hat-trick in England’s win over the United States hadn’t given us ideas already, the 17-year old just went and did it again in the semi-finals. Three poacher’s efforts was all it took to dispatch Brazil and send England into the U17 World Cup final, where they will face the ubiquitous Spain side.
Successive hat tricks is no small feat at any level, and the World Cup semi finals is the biggest stage Brewster has had the chance to perform on yet. With six goals and an assist in the last two matches — as well as winning the penalty he himself converted to finish off the US team — the former Chelsea youth player has been directly involved in all seven goals his side has scored since the group stage, and with seven goals total, he is the tournament’s top scorer heading into the final.
Having featured on the bench just once under Jürgen Klopp, it is extremely unlikely that Brewster will get any serious looks at first team minutes this season, but having arrived at the international stage with such aplomb, he is undoubtedly ready to take on Woodburn for the crown of the Reds’ most hotly anticipated starlet.