Sheffield United club record signing, Rhian Brewster, is set to play a “prominent role” against Fulham – according to The Sheffield Star.
The Blades host the newly promoted side on October 17 in their first Premier League game back after the international break.
Both sides have lost all four of their league matches so far this season. They make up the bottom two of the table.
United have scored just once during that time. Which is one of the main reasons the club sanctioned a £23.5m (BBC Sport) deal to sign Brewster from Liverpool.
The striker wasn’t registered in time to play in the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal. Yet manager Chris Wilder wants him to be heavily involved when the Cottagers visit Bramall Lane in a little over a week’s time.
Barring injury or illness concerns, Brewster will play against the West London side. Whether that is from the start or off the bench, remains to be seen.
Brewster should be ready for Fulham
Brewster was meant to currently be away with the England Under-21s, but was withdrawn from the squad. It wasn’t because of fitness issues, but so the 20-year-old could get up to speed with the Blades’ tactics.
Wilder agreed this with U21s boss Aidy Boothroyd and will have had a fortnight with his new signing by the time domestic football returns.
The 53-year-old was keen for Brewster to understand the 3-5-2 system that has become synonymous with the team since their promotion from the Championship in 2019.
Wilder plays with two upfront, but has been lacking an out-and-out number nine so far this term. It’s a role that would normally be occupied by Lys Mousset. However, he is currently sidelined with a foot injury.
Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp started the opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers. But since then David McGoldrick has partnered Oli Burke in attack.
McGoldrick scored that only league goal to date at the Emirates Stadium, but is very much the linkup man. Burke has impressed, but as a winger is having to learn the role of a striker.
Which is where Brewster comes in, who impressed on loan at Swansea City last term by scoring 11 goals in 22 games.