Chris Wilder has offered the first hint that new signing, Rhian Brewster, will be involved from the get-go for Sheffield United against Fulham.
The Blades head into the international break on the back of four straight Premier League losses and will be desperate to beat Fulham when football returns in two weeks time.
A home fixture with the Cottagers looks like the most ideal of games for Wilder. Scott Parker’s outfit are, like United, struggling and have yet to pick up a point this season.
And Wilder, speaking following the loss to Arsenal, has confirmed that Blades fans can expect to see Rhian Brewster.
“Players are not playing as well as the standards they have reached and there are some good players not playing at the moment – Ethan was difficult decision”, Wilder said. (quotes from the Examiner)
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“Basham was outstanding – Max Lowe and Jayden are knocking on the door and Rhian has not played a lot of football and needs conditioning but will be involved against Fulham.
“I have a team to select for Fulham and there are players knocking on the door”.
Brewster will hope to give United a timely boost at the top of the pitch. The Blades finally got off the mark today, as David McGoldrick curled a fine strike past Bernd Leno late on for his second of the campaign overall.
Off the bench, or into the XI? Wilder has nothing to lose
It’s good that Wilder has already admitted Brewster will be involved. It gives the fans something to look forward to and should give the squad a nice boost for the Fulham game.
The big question will be whether he starts or not? The easy answer is no, and that bringing him off the bench might help. However, on the other hand, United are lacking goals so if Brewster has an hour or so in him, then why not start him?
Oli Burke and McGoldrick have done ok but United need goals and need them fast. If that means chucking the £23m man in immediately, then we might have to bite the bullet and go for it. Billy Sharp, unfortunately for him, will probably have to miss out.