See and if this was the case and he would sign for 3m instead of the rumors I've heard of 4m I'd take him over Alfie. Brunner has the potential to be a long term asset as a goal scorer.
He also has the potential to be a bust. He has one good season under his belt, and through it he exhibited brutal inconsistency even when playing alongside two of the best centers in the world.
Same here, Alfie as great as he was is not a longtime solution Brunner could have been one AND is also cheaper.
... and this would have meant promising him a top-six role that, as he proved through his own play, he does not deserve and cannot perform adequately in.