Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke has been advised to seek a loan move in the Championship.
The forward has been mightily impressive when he has appeared for Liverpool, and made his England debut vs Brazil earlier in the month.
But the former Chelsea man is yet to make a Premier League start for the Reds, and Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce believes he should look to move away on loan instead of playing the majority of his games with Liverpool’s U23’s and being used as a substitute for their senior team.
“We need the larger clubs to have associations with the smaller ones,” said Bruce.
“Feeder clubs? Yes. The general consensus is that the Under-23s isn’t quite working.
“If you play when you are 18 and you are successful, you need the next step.
“At the moment, we’ve got the ludicrous situation of Solanke playing for England when he’s hardly had a game with Liverpool. That can’t be right.
“We have young players all over the country doing well – but not playing.
“Surely any young, talented player would prefer turning out for the likes of Forest Green, Bury, Oldham Athletic – you’re better playing there for three months and learning your trade than in the Under-23s.
“I think something like a draft system could work. Loans definitely benefit parent clubs.”
[Quotes via Liverpool Echo]