Former Liverpool striker, John Aldridge, admits he feels sorry for Sheffield United’s Rhian Brewster but has questioned whether the Blades’ playing style hasn’t helped matters.
Brewster completed a move to Bramall Lane in the summer. The transfer was said to be worth around £23.5m, although a figure of £20m is more widely accepted by those in and around United.
Since then, Brewster has yet to register his first Blades goal. Just seven starts have followed, while 11 sub appearances have also failed to yield that elusive first effort.
And speaking to The Athletic, former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland legend Aldridge thinks the fact United are struggling in general could be hindering Brewster.
“Maybe it is the way Sheffield United play. They don’t create an awful lot of chances. That makes things hard for him,” Aldridge said.
“It can’t be easy at such a young age. He is in the Premier League and all the scrutiny that comes with it. You want to be flying but that hasn’t happened. The longer it goes without scoring and playing well, the harder it becomes for a young lad to conquer it.”
Aldridge has no doubt in Brewster’s ability
While most Sheffield United fans are waiting for that moment from Brewster and Chris Wilder himself has admitted there’ll be some big celebrations when he does find the net, it’s not quite looked like happening for young Rhian yet.
However, Blades fans can rest easy if Aldridge’s assessment of the young forward is anything to go by. The Liverpool legend adding:
“There can be no doubt about his ability in front of goal. I first saw him when watching the youth team. I was well aware of him and then he was part of the England (under-17s) team that won the World Cup.
“I’d certainly keep Rhian because he could be pivotal to get back up to where Sheffield United want to be. There is a goalscorer in there.”
Championship football, then, might well be the key to Sheffield United unlocking the full potential and quality of Rhian Brewster.