Sheffield United caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom has admitted the signing of Rhian Brewster has “not worked out”.
Brewster joined from Liverpool last September in a club record £23m deal – but is yet to score for the Blades.
In fairness to the striker, it has been a difficult season all round for United as relegation draws ever closer.
After finishing ninth last term in their first Premier League campaign in 12 years, they are currently bottom with just 14 points.
Brewster is also only 21-years-old and has shown previously he can thrive in the Championship.
The England Under-21 international scored 11 goals in 22 games in the division while on loan at Swansea City in 2019/20.
“Rhian did great at Swansea, earned his move and he’ll be the first to say it’s not worked out as well as he would have hoped,” Heckingbottom told The Sheffield Star.
“But he understands that and the league. He’s been at big clubs and understands how tough it is, and what top players do and how hard they work.
“The sacrifices they have to make to get in the team and be a top player.
“If he approaches things right, and we keep pushing him on these details and makes sure he understands that it’s only hard work that’ll get him to the top, then he’ll come back stronger for it.”
Brewster signing could still pay off
Despite having not scored for the club as yet, Brewster has certainly shown enough to suggest he could still be a success.
The youngster has gone close to scoring on several occasions and is not shy in attempting shots from distance.
Brewster has been largely limited to substitute appearances, or is often taken off when starting.
Getting a decent run in the team in a league below could be just what he needs to boost his confidence and scoring form.
Especially as Brewster has already shown he can shine in the second tier of English football.
His signing may not have worked out as yet. But for someone still so young, there is plenty of time to change that.