MOT View: 'Huge' plus point highlighted by BBC pundit could lead to Leeds boost in January
Noel Whelan has made a very good point in regards to reported interest by Leeds United in Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster.
According to Football Insider, the Yorkshire giants are set to hold talks with Liverpool in the coming days as they aim to convince them that Elland Road is a suitable destination for Brewster, 19, in January.
Jurgen Klopp is ready to send the teenage striker out on loan next month but there are a lot of clubs interested in him and Leeds could face a battle for his signature.
However, as highlighted by ex-Leeds player Whelan, the Championship promotion hopefuls do have a good chance of landing Liverpool based on the similarities in their style of play.
Leeds and Liverpool are both doing well in their respective leagues this season with both teams playing a high-energy tactic that sees them using defenders to play the ball out of the back.
At Elland Road, instead of Virgil van Dijk, you have Ben White. Instead of Andrew Robertson, you have Stuart Dallas. Instead of Roberto Firmino, you have Patrick Bamford.
There are similarities there and Whelan believes that plus point is what could help win Leeds the race for Brewster.
“There is obviously interest from Leeds in Brewster and I’m sure there are a queue of clubs wanting to take him,” the BBC Radio Leeds pundit told Football Insider. “But Leeds have a good chance, definitely.
“A huge thing in Leeds’ favour is that Marcelo Bielsa is a great coach and Leeds play in a similar way to Liverpool – build out from the back, press from the front, high energy, smooth passing combinations and an aggressive playing style.
“That’s how Leeds signed Jack Harrison from Man City. Jurgen Klopp will be aware of that, and how Harrison has developed under Bielsa.
“Klopp will be keen for Brewster to join Leeds and learn under Bielsa. It’s probably in Klopp’s mind to send him to a team that play a similar style of football to Liverpool, and that’s where Leeds will fit the bill.
“The issue is how much game time he would have, as Patrick Bamford is the number one centre-forward at Leeds.”
Of course, there will be more to Liverpool’s decision on Brewster other than just the style of play of the team he will be loaned out to.
Bamford has started every Championship match up front this season while Eddie Nketiah, who could be recalled by Arsenal, is yet to start in the league.
Liverpool won’t want Brewster to experience what Nketiah has done but as long as he is playing regularly off the bench, there might not be too much of an issue considering Brewster only has two senior appearances to his name so far.
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