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Rhian Brewster’s Scintilating Swansea Form Casts Doubt on Future

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Another loan had seemed likely, but Brewster’s form and a quiet transfer window could mean a role at Liverpool next year.

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Rhian Brewster has been in scintillating form since joining Swansea in the Championship, scoring nine goals in 18 appearances and helping to push the Welsh side into the playoff picture as the season nears its end.

The growing question is what happens to Brewster once the season is done: does he go back on loan for 2020-21, maybe even back to Swansea, or does he stay at Anfield with the Reds expecting a quiet transfer window?

“I think it is a question for Jürgen and Liverpool,” said Swans boss Steve Cooper following their latest match. “We are very happy with him here and he is very happy to be here. It is working nicely, most importantly for the club.

“After that it is up to him where he goes. With these young players it’s about when you give them their opportunity and we have. He has scored a couple in the last few games. Give him half a yard and that is what he can do.”

In ideal circumstances, Brewster—who just turned 20 in April—would find a starting role with a bottom-half Premier League side next season, giving the London-born striker regular minutes and a key role in the top flight.

Which means that Swansea’s best case for keeping him would be if they could the three-point gap on Cardiff to earn a Championship playoff spot—and then go on a run to earn promotion back to the Premier League.

Even then, though, depending on how Liverpool’s transfer window unfolds, there could be a need for him back at Anfield, even if his development would perhaps be better suited by getting to play week in and week out.