Liverpool have nurtured Brewster’s undoubted talent through his formative years and enabled him to take his first steps in senior football.
They have also supported him well throughout a lengthy rehabilitation after a serious injury, so added to his unquestioned ability it’s no surprise to see that the club are not entirely ready to give up on him developing into a top-class striker.
But at present his route to the senior set-up on a regular basis looks difficult, after the January arrival of Takumi Minamino and last week’s signing of Diogo Jota, making a departure this summer inevitable.
It only remained to be seen whether it would be a loan deal for a season – for which Sheffield United were keen – or a more permanent move, which now seems the likely course of action.
UPDATE: Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has since countered the Sky Sports reports, saying they are “total fabrication from start to finish” and clarifying Palace “have not made a bid formal or informal”. As such, talks are clearly a way from completion – though the interest in Brewster seems genuine and ongoing.
- Palace claimed to have submitted an official bid of £19 million
- An additional £6m would be payable in add-ons
- The Reds would maintain a buyback option for £37m
The sale along those lines would represent another sizeable return for the Reds on a player they identified at an early stage in their careers, signed for very little and developed to Premier League-level.
Ki-Jana Hoever similarly joined Wolves last week for a fee going above £10m.
Brewster featured and scored in the Reds’ shortened pre-season campaign, though missed a decisive spot-kick in the Community Shield against Arsenal – which would be his last kick of the ball for the club, as it stands.
But there remains a chance of a future return if, as expected, he proves himself a top-flight calibre striker.
For now the best course of action is for him to get top-flight games and prove he can score and contribute as regularly in the Premier League as he did with Swansea last season, making this potential type of sale-and-buyback deal a shrewd piece of business.
The Reds are keen to now recoup funds after signing three players this summer, and Brewster’s impending exit is unlikely to be the last – though he retains more hope of an Anfield future than some of those who might follow him out the door in the coming weeks.