Rhian Brewster, who last summer became Sheffield United’s club-record signing after completing a £23.5 million [BBC] move from Liverpool, will face-off against his former team still searching for his inaugural PL goal.
The 20-year-old striker, described as a ‘natural goalscorer’ by Jurgen Klopp, has clocked up 21 appearances under Chris Wilder since trading Anfield for Bramall Lane.
Brewster was highly-rated amongst the Anfield hierarchy, after all, and the Reds had no immediate plans to sell the U17 World Cup-winning forward last summer.
However, a club-record offer from the Blades was just too significant to look beyond from Liverpool’s perspective.
On the face of it, Liverpool got themselves a sensational deal. Still, it’s certainly not been a pleasing experience to see how much Brewster has struggled in his new environment.
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It’s unlikely, then, that the Reds will be utilising the buy-back clause that was inserted into his deal that took him to South Yorkshire anytime soon.
Brewster’s teammates, though, still remain confident that he can prove to be a shrewd investment.
David McGoldrick has publicly leapt to the defence of the England under-21’s international, highlighting how impressed he has been with Brewster despite that opening goal still eluding him.
“Rhian is a great kid,” he said. “A really nice humble kid, a cheekie London chappie and a good young player. You see the price tag that he came with, that’s not his fault. People thought he would score 100 goals in a season. But he wasn’t going to do that.
“I watch him in training and, trust me, there’s not a better finisher I’ve seen at 20 years of age.”
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We agree with McGoldrick. Indeed, this season has been a bit of a write-off for Brewster in terms of his devlopment, but sometimes we learn more from our hardships than we do when everything is going right.
Yes, it’s likely that Brewster will be playing Championship football next season. The Blades are currently 14 points from safety, after all, with just 13 league games to play.
So, it would seem that a drop to England’s second division is inevitable, then. Still, we think this could be a good thing for Brewster’s development.
It was Brewster’s time in the Championship, after all, that inflated the striker’s asking-price in the market last summer.
During his spell with Swansea in the second half of the 2019/20 campaign, Brewster had a stunning output of 10 goals in 20 games.
With that said, maybe a transition back to the Championship could be the perfect format for Brewster to rediscover his confidence again next season.
As long as he doesn’t uncover his scoring touch against Liverpool, we’re rooting for him to kick on despite a slow start to life at Bramall Lane.