A report in today’s Daily Mirror has stated that Leeds have made enquiries for two Liverpool attackers. Either Belgium international Divock Origi on a permanent deal, or England u21 international Rhian Brewster on a loan deal.
Origi has become a cult hero with Liverpool fans despite never being able to consistently break into the starting XI. He has scored crucial goals for the club including two in Liverpool’s amazing second leg comeback against FC Barcelona and then one in the final against Tottenham Hotspur as the Reds won the 2019 Champions League final.
Origi has scored 34 goals in 140 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool and would be a good signing for Leeds, but I expect this deal would be far too expensive for Leeds to do and I think more established top-flight sides both here and abroad would be interested.
A loan move for Rhian Brewster is something that would definitely be possible for Leeds to do, although there would be a lot of competition for his signature. He scored 10 goals in 20 appearances on loan at Swansea City in the second half of last season.
Brewster is quick, with good movement, and he is a really good finisher. However, his link-up play and the time needed to adapt to Marcelo Bielsa’s football would mean if he was signed he would have to sit behind Patrick Bamford (and possibly Wales international Tyler Roberts) for a while.
Leeds are reportedly considering a move for Divock Origi if they fail in their bid to land top target Odsonne Edouard from Celtic.— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 22, 2020
They are also keen to take Rhian Brewster on loan from Liverpool.
Origi would be an absolutely class signing, in my opinion. pic.twitter.com/unvef0X1q4
I think Eddie Nketiah on loan from Arsenal was a ‘good signing’ which didn’t quite work out, and there is a chance this deal could have a similar fate if it was to happen. He isn’t on a huge wage at Liverpool so financially it wouldn’t be a big risk for Leeds to take. Liverpool usually take the precaution of trying to put guarantees of minutes on the pitch before agreeing to a loan deal and this could scupper a deal if Leeds’ interest is genuine - I do not expect Marcelo Bielsa to agree to that sort of deal if the punishments are financially notable.
Would you be interested in both/either? Which player would you prefer? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @ThruItAllLUFC.