'Perfect signing' - Exclusive: Darren Bent reacts to Leeds January transfer news
Promising Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster would be the “perfect” loan signing for Leeds United in January, according to Darren Bent.
The former Tottenham and England forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 19-year-old could make a big difference up front at Elland Road after interest emerged over the weekend.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is willing to send Brewster on loan after pulling a U-turn over the youngster’s place at Anfield, the German looking to hand him more first-team experience.
Crystal Palace have already made contact with the Reds over their interest in Brewster, while he is on the radar of other leading clubs including Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds.
Having seen Patrick Bamford fail to net on a regular basis this season, and with Eddie Nketiah struggle to make the desired impact after his loan from Arsenal, Bent says that Brewster’s arrival at Elland Road could be the solution for Marcelo Bielsa.
Asked if the Liverpool youngster would be an exciting signing for Leeds, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, it would be, especially if Nketiah looks like he’s going to go.
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“If Leeds can get a loan in January, he does well until the end of the season, Leeds get promoted and then they get him for a season-long loan, that would soften the blow.
“I like Brewster, he’s a very good attacker. I read that Klopp was thinking about sending him on loan, doesn’t surprise me because you can’t replicate men’s football playing in the under-23s, it’s just a game of possession – you attack, we attack, there’s no real tackles and it doesn’t make you grow up as a player.
“If they can get him, especially a club like Leeds, massive fanbase, battling at the very top of the Championship, then that’s a perfect signing for them.”
Brewster has made just two first-team appearances for the Reds during his fledgeling career, playing the full 90 minutes in both of the club’s League Cup outings this season.