12 Oct 2016

Deal Close: 'Fantastic' Liverpool defender very close to leaving Anfield. Talks already held. Trial ongoing.

In 2015, academy defender Tom Brewitt revealed his lofty ambition to captain Liverpool FC, but a year later, the promising central defender is seemingly on the verge of leaving the club.

Speaking to the official Liverpool FC website last year, the 19-year old defender named Jamie Carragher as his 'inspiration', and revealed that he tries to 'shout like him, act like him and lead like him' on the pitch. Brewitt further added:

"My dream would be to captain the first team like Gerrard and Carragher have done. I want to lead Liverpool at Anfield - it would be the ultimate dream."

It's good to have dreams, and according to Brewitt, 'if you work hard enough you can achieve whatever you want'. That is often true, but in this case, it appears that dreams are not enough. According to the Liverpool Echo today:

"Tom Brewitt is on trial at Chesterfield, and was one of three trialists to feature for Chesterfield reserves in their 3-0 win over Rotherham United last night".

With the intense competition at centre-back, it's no surprise that Brewitt is being forced to look elsewhere for first-team football, and his impending exit is a major surprise considering he signed a new long term deal just four months ago.

It's unclear whether it's a loan or a permanent deal under discussion, but loan deals don't normally require a trial first.  Unfortunately for Brewitt, the brutal reality is that, Carra aside, Academy central defenders have zero chance of becoming first-team regulars.

With few exceptions, Liverpool's strategy is to buy central defenders in their early-to-mid 20s (Hyypia, Henchoz, Skrtel, Agger, Sakho, Lovren etc) and the trend continued this summer with the recruitment of Joel Matip.

Brewitt previously captained Liverpool's U18 side, and unfortunately for him, that will probably turn out to be his first and last captaincy role with the club.

^ Sep 2016: Hailed by U23 boss Michael Beale for his 'fantastic application'.


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