Chris Wilder has moved to set the record straight on the fee Sheffield United have paid Liverpool for Rhian Brewster this summer.
The England under-21 man completed his move to Bramall Lane late in the day during the transfer window, and made his debut yesterday, coming off the bench for the Blades against Fulham.
Brewster had little chance to make an impact and will be hoping to do more next time he’s given the chance.
However, amid reports (Goal) that United had paid a straight £23m to £23.5m for Brewster, Wilder, speaking after the game to the BBC, couldn’t resist a little dig at those reports.
“Well it was £20m…and £3m in add-ons, so let’s get that right ’cause I’ve seen that banded about. £3m is a lot of money for this football club”, Wilder said.
“We’re not in a situation where we can go and spend £400m on defenders. It’s relentless. We’re still building, so we have to take a slightly different way and that way is the likes of Ramsdale, Brewster, and the other boys”.
How nice is it to hear a manager simply come out and dispell any myths about a transfer fee? Yes, the fee will eventually rise to that amount, but Wilder is right, £3m is basically another squad player for us sometimes.
There was never a way we were forking out £23m in one go for a player. In fact, it would be very surprising if we have even stumped £20m in an upfront cash sum. Deals are done in instalments now.
We only got a glimpse of Brewster today, too. But he should be fine. He’ll need to get up to speed and work his way into the team but he will definitely provide a goal threat for us.