Bielsa factor has Leeds in pole position for Liverpool starlet, says Whelan

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Leeds United are at the head of the queue to sign Rhian Brewster on loan in January, according to former Whites striker Noel Whelan.

The 19-year-old was expected to force his way into the first-team reckoning this season, but his chances have been few and far between and he is being touted for a temporary move next month to give him game time.

Goal report that Jurgen Klopp has decided that allowing Brewster and Curtis Jones to leave on loan in the winter window would be the best option to further their development.

With Liverpool to meet with at least three clubs including Swansea and Leeds over the coming weekend to discuss the potential January exits.

Leeds are not expected to be too busy in the transfer window, however they may well be open to the signing of Brewster to supplement their forward options with Jack Clarke expected to return to Spurs early.

And Whelan says Leeds are an attractive option for young players due to Bielsa’s methods.

Whelan told Football Insider: “There is obviously interest from Leeds in Brewster and I’m sure there are a queue of clubs wanting to take him. But Leeds have a good chance, definitely.

“A huge thing in Leeds’ favour is that Marcelo Bielsa is a great coach and Leeds play in a similar way to Liverpool – build out from the back, press from the front, high energy, smooth passing combinations and an aggressive playing style.

“That’s how Leeds signed Jack Harrison from Man City. Jurgen Klopp will be aware of that, and how Harrison has developed under Bielsa.

“Klopp will be keen for Brewster to join Leeds and learn under Bielsa. It’s probably in Klopp’s mind to send him to a team that play a similar style of football to Liverpool, and that’s where Leeds will fit the bill.

“The issue is how much game time he would have, as Patrick Bamford is the number one centre-forward at Leeds.”