Blades boss Chris Wilder faces a tough choice in terms of team selection when Fulham arrive at Bramall Lane tomorrow, with Rhian Brewster pushing for his first minutes in red and white.
United’s record signing has been training for the last two weeks in the hope of getting up to speed in time of the game with Scott Parker’s men. Indeed, he didn’t go away on England under-21 duty in the hope of getting match-fit.
But despite putting in the work at Shirecliffe in the last fortnight, Chris Wilder admits that Brewster’s conditioning wasn’t quite where he might want it to be, conceding that a mix of moving between Liverpool’s first XI ans under-23s may have an impact.
“He’s been fabulous, a breath of fresh air. His training has been really good and bright,” Wilder said. (Sheffield United YouTube)
“Obviously the decision to start him or not is a big one because of the condition he came to us in. You don’t find when they get caught up inbetween the condition of the players is not where you want it to be”.
Wilder’s hand may well be forced, however, when it comes to landing Brewster. David McGoldrick and Oli Burke could both miss out through injury, while Lys Mousset remains a longer term absentee.
The 20-year-old, then, could well be thrust straight into the action as Wilder looks for a spark up top.
Get him in the team, simple
Obviously, I respect the gaffer’s view on Brewster’s fitness levels and he will know best, but, for me, Brewster simply has to come into the starting XI, even if everyone is fit.
This team is desperate for a boost from somewhere, as are the fans. Brewster being on the team-sheet could be that burst of life that everyone around Bramall Lane needs.
It’s a huge game tomorrow, so if United can get around 70 minutes from their new man, then they should look to do just that.