David McGoldrick is backing Rhian Brewster to answer his Sheffield United critics
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David McGoldrick is backing Rhian Brewster to answer his Sheffield United critics

Rhian Brewster has had his fair share of critics since arriving at Sheffield United for big money in the summer transfer window.

As usual and something we’ll reiterate on this site until the cows come home, the £20m fee was not his fault. Clubs demand what they demand these days and then it’s up the buying club to see if they’re happy to part ways with the cash. Clearly, United saw something in Brewster.

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There’s been small flashes from the ex-Liverpool man, too. He was unlucky against Chelsea with two fine efforts, while he’s shown a willingness to take the ball on the half-turn and have a shot when others maybe shy away.

And speaking to The Athletic this week, Blades hero David McGoldrick has no doubt that the ‘humble’ Brewster can get going soon enough.


Rhian is a great kid. Humble from the first moment he walked in. A cheeky London chappie and a good young player. You have to forget the price tag he came with, that is not his fault,” McGoldrick said.

“He has found it tough but I have not seen a better finisher at 20 years of age. People have to remember he is not fully developed yet. The club is working hard with him in the gym and during training, getting him used to the way we play with the physical aspects.”

Brewster has made just the seven starts for United and appeared 11 more times off the bench.

And while goals have alluded him thus far, McGoldrick believes it won’t be long until the Blades see the very best of England youth star.

“Rhian just needs that one goal to go in. When that happens, you will see the real him. It will give him a massive boost. He will be a massive success here, there is no doubt about that.”

You have to admire McGoldrick and believe in Rhian Brewster

What a brilliant assessment from McGoldrick this is. He is bang on the money. Brewster is a young player, moving to a new city and new club in a time when most of the world is struggling.

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Further, he’s come into a side not only struggling, but enduring one of the most miserable runs in terms of results in the club’s history.

A 20-year-old cannot simply be expected to pull the club out of the mire on his own. Sure, we’d have all liked to see a few goals from Rhian, but his time will come and, as Didzy says, he’ll have success in red and white we’re sure.

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