Rhian Brewster was meant to see significant first team football this year, perhaps not as a starter but at least as a regular option off the bench. So far, that hasn’t happened, and the 19-year-old has found himself largely sidelined.
It’s hardly ideal for one of the club’s most promising young talents and a player in need of regular playing time to continue his development, and it appears increasingly as though the club believe a half-season loan is the answer.
Over the past month, Brewster has increasingly been talked about as a player likely to head out on loan in January, and today The Athletic’s James Pearce has Swansea City as heavy favourites to temporarily take the youngster.
However, the belief is Brewster will be kept around long enough to face Everton in the FA Cup. Then, he will head out on loan—assuming, that is, that Swansea being clear favourites and a deal being near done is accurate.
While a Premier League loan might seem preferable—and while there’s always a chance one will become possible—Swansea should offer Brewster a chance at plenty of playing time in the Championship for the ninth-place side.