Sheffield United club record signing, Rhian Brewster, has withdrawn from the England Under-21s squad.
Brewster was included by boss Aidy Boothroyd for upcoming European Under-21 Championship qualifiers with Andorra and Turkey.
Yet the striker is one for four players to have pulled out, as confirmed by England.
However, Blades fans shouldn’t worry as this is simply a precaution by Brewster. The Yorkshire Post reports that the 20-year-old is instead ensuring he is fit for his United debut.
Manager Chris Wilder has confirmed that he plans to use Brewster in the club’s first game back after the current international break. They host newly promoted Fulham on October 17 still looking for their first Premier League points of the season.
The Blades have lost all four of their league outings so far in 2020/21. Goals have also been an issue during that time, with David McGoldrick scoring their first in the top flight during Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal.
A lot is expected of England youngster Brewster
Brewster wasn’t registered in time to play against the Gunners after completing his £23.5m transfer to Bramall Lane from Liverpool.
Whether the England Under-21 international would have been fully fit to feature at the Emirates Stadium is debateable in any case.
That’s because Brewster has only played once this term. He came on as a late substitute in the Reds’ Community Shield defeat back in August.
That was only the forward’s fourth ever appearance for the English champions. However, BBC Sport reports they have inserted a buy-back clause for three years into the deal to sell Brewster, as well as a 15 percent sell-on fee.
United will be hoping their new record signing can help improve their problems in attack this term. It is an issue that has blighted them since gaining promotion to the top flight in 2019.
Despite finishing ninth last season and impressing many, only three other teams in the division scored fewer than them.