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Why Aston Villa must win the race to sign Rhian Brewster on loan

Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster is a loan target for several clubs in January — with Aston Villa leading the race. Villa boss Dean Smith wants Brewster to add another option up front, as per the Sun.

Brewster isn’t a regular starter for Liverpool yet. He would fare better if he’s sent out on loan where the youngster can hope to find regular game time away from Anfield in the second half of the season. Brewster has failed to break into the Liverpool first-team, making only two starts in the Carabao Cup.

With the likes of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino way ahead of him in the pecking order at Anfield, Brewster will no doubt see his chances for playing time improved vastly with a loan move.

Villa have struggled for goals this season. Despite splashing the cash over the summer, striker Wesley has so far scored just four goals in 18 Premier League games, with midfielder John McGinn being their third top-scorer with three strikes. As of now, Grealish is the top-scorer with 5 goals in the league.

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Brewster in action (Image credit: Getty)

Brewster signed a five-year professional contract in 2018 and collected a Champions League medal in May. The forward had been named on the bench for the second leg of the Reds’ victory over Barcelona in the semi-final and was an unused substitute again in the final against Tottenham.

Brewster’s debut finally came in September, as a youthful Liverpool side ran out 2-0 winners against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.

A clinical striker with an admirable work rate, Brewster is yet to be given an opportunity in the Premier League. However, the teenager has shown a lethal goal-scoring touch for England. He fired home 20 goals in just 23 appearances for the Under-17s, including eight in the 2017 U17 World Cup triumph to earn the Golden Boot as well as a winners’ medal.

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Brewster shoots at goal (Image credit: Getty)

The Villans need to sign a proven goalscorer in the January transfer window, as Dean Smith’s side aim to avoid the dreaded drop to the Championship at the end of the season. Signing Brewster should be on the top of Dean Smith’s mind as they have struggled to score goals this season.