Championship news: Reported Leeds and Villa target made available by Liverpool plus ex-Middlesbrough ‘maverick’ praised

Championship clubs will be watching with interest following reports that Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster could be allowed to leave on loan in January.

Monday, 25th November 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Monday, 25th November 2019, 4:50 pm
Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster could be made available on loan in January.

The 19-year-old is highly rated on Merseyside but has made just two appearances, both in the EFL Cup, for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.

A host of second-tier clubs, including Leeds and Swansea, have been linked with the forward, while Premier League sides Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have also been credited with interest.

And according to the Liverpool Echo, Brewster and goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, 21, could be made available during the mid-season window.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

It appears the Reds are keen for Brewster to gain more first-team experience elsewhere, yet a move could depend on guaranteed game time.

‘Maverick’ Lee Tomlin has a big part to play

New Cardiff City boss Neil Harris was full of praise for former Boro playmaker Lee Tomlin following the Bluebirds’ 2-2 draw at Charlton on Saturday.

Tomlin came off the bench to equalise at the Valley and, while the 30-year-old has made just six league starts this season, Harris believes there is more to come.

"It's not just about qualities he has with the ball,” Harris told BBC Sport Wales. “His work ethic without the ball and he's worked hard over the summer from what I've heard to get himself fitter.

"He's going to play a huge part. The fans want to see shots, they want to see crosses and they want to see the end product.

"But they want to see the players have a right go and to do that you've got to have shape behind and let your players play and at times you need mavericks and Lee Tomlin is a maverick."

Bamford claims Leeds goal

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side left it late against struggling Luton at the weekend, when former Boro striker Patrick Bamford was at the centre of attention.

Bamford netted his sixth league goal of the season at Kenilworth Road before James Collins equalised for the hosts.

Leeds’ stoppage-time winner went down as a Matty Pearson own goal, yet Bamford believes he got a touch.

“As a striker I’m going to claim it and they should side with the striker!” he told LUTV.