Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has hinted that Rhian Brewster may have to wait until next season to feature regularly for the Blades.
The 20-year-old was signed from Liverpool for £23.5m back in October but he was an unused substitute in the 2-0 defeat to his former club last night.
Wilder started Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick, before captain Billy Sharp came on in the second half but, when asked about Brewster’s absence, the Blades boss suggested there is a long-term plan for the forward, claiming he will feature more following their expected relegation to the Championship:
“Rhian Brewster, I know there will be a little bit of criticism about it, but that will come good. An England Under-21 striker maybe has to find his form and feet in another division.”
Brewster has certainly been a major disappointment since he arrived at Bramall Lane, having failed to score in 20 appearances for United. Some of that can be attributed to playing in a struggling team, with the player also lacking experience in the Premier League. There is also some concern, though, that the club’s style of play does not suit the youngster’s qualities, but as Wilder points out, we may find out more next season.