Rhian Brewster has been linked with a January switch to Nottingham Forest. According to the Sunday Mirror (24/10; page 64), the Reds boss Steve Cooper wants a reunion with the striker.
Cooper was the England under-17 manager when the Three Lions tasted success in the World Cup. He was also in charge of Swansea when Brewster scored 11 goals in 22 outings for the club.
Clearly, he knows how to best utilise Brewster and he could be the perfect manager for his development. The 21-year-old has scored just once in 39 outings for Sheffield United and leaving in January looks likely.
Slavisa Jokanovic will be keen to bolster his squad. With Oliver McBurnie, Lys Mousset, David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp on the books, one of his strikers may be offloaded.
Brewster was signed for £23 million by the Blades from Liverpool. Some Reds supporters were up in arms when the move was sanctioned but his career has stagnated somewhat.
In November 2017, Brewster received some high praise. He was bigged up by Liverpool legend Steve Gerrard who at the time was in charge of Liverpool’s under-18 outfit.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “Everyone has seen it all over the world that Rhian is capable of scoring goals.
“In football, people forget pretty quickly, both the good and the bad. You are only as good as your last game and against Sevilla he was magnificent.”
Cooper capable of reviving Brewster at Forest
Having played under Cooper before, that should put Forest in good shape to land the player on loan in January.
He knows how Cooper likes his teams to operate and having thrived in one of his team’s before, he should relish the chance to establish himself once again.
Forest might need to fork out for a pretty expensive loan but if he can help the Reds weigh in with more goals it might be a deal that is worth doing at the midway point.
Both Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor are in their thirties and having a younger striker on board would be ideal from a Forest perspective.