Brentford defender Fin Stevens is a potential loan target for multiple League One clubs this summer, including Blackpool and Reading, according to journalist Darren Witcoop.
The young defender spent the first part of last season with Championship side Swansea, but would make just five appearances for the Swans, all of those coming off of the bench.
At just 20 years of age, Brentford are looking at once again loaning out their young defender to help him gain experience and get regular game time. Although it is believed that the Bees want the Welshman to apply his trade in the Championship, a spell in League One currently looks likely and Stevens is not short of interest.
Who is Fin Stevens?
The youngster spent his youth career with the Arsenal Academy, but would be released in 2019. The Welshman would then play for Worthing for a season in the Isthmian Premier before being snapped up by Brentford. Originally joining the Bees ‘B’ team, Stevens has been a regular on the bench at the Gtech Community Stadium in the last couple of seasons and has made five appearances for the London club. One of those appearances was in the Premier League, but the right-back is still some way down the pecking order and will need to gain some more experience before challenging for a spot in the first team. He is obviously held in a high regard as he is contracted to the Bees until 2027 and a year of consistent minutes in the football league would certainly be beneficial to the 20-year-old.
Who is interested?
Two sides have currently emerged as front runners to land the defender on loan next season, those being Blackpool and Reading who were both relegated from the Championship last season. Stevens would be a in contention for a starting spot at both sides and would see plenty of minutes across the year. It certainly makes sense for both Brentford and Stevens for a year-long loan in the third tier rather than being sat on the bench. Geographically, Reading wouldn’t be too different from Stevens current surroundings, however there are a few off the field problems to deal with at the Madjeski currently. Furthering that, he would also potentially battling captain Andy Yiadom for a starting spot and could be played out of his favoured right-back position.
As for Blackpool, they’ll be looking to bounce back into the second tier and the addition of Stevens would greatly boost those chances. Blackpool also have good options at right-back with Andy Lyons and Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel both fighting for the starting spot. Lyons is however rather versatile and has played on the left side of defence as well as in midfield, which could boost Stevens minutes.
With both Reading and Blackpool already having decent depth at right-back we may not see Stevens move to either of the two teams rumoured, but it is not out of question. Brentford have been smart in recent years regarding loaning players out, so they’ll no doubt wait for the ideal opening to accelerate the 20-year-old’s growth. A consistent run of minutes could allow Stevens to showcase him as one of the best up-and-coming young defenders in English football.