Sheffield United continue to be linked with a move for Liverpool forward, Rhian Brewster, with talks said to be ongoing for a deal to be completed.
Reports prior to the weekend emerged suggesting that Liverpool were open to selling Brewster to United, with a permanent deal the preference for the Reds.
Indeed, those rumours were fuelled further when Jurgen Klopp left the striker out of his Carabao Cup squad to face Lincoln City in what was the biggest hint yet that Brewster is on his way out of Anfield.
But speaking on Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday, former Arsenal midfield, Paul Merson, questioned if Brewster is the striker United actually need.
“They need a striker but is he what they need? I’m not so sure. Sheffield United get a lot of crosses into the box. If I’m them, I’m wanting someone who can get on the end of those and score me 6-8 headers a season”.
Merson had little doubt that United would be ok this season, even if we do indeed lose today against Leeds.
The pundit praised the Blades’ organisation and efforts last season. Indeed, fellow pundit Tony Pulis also claimed the Blades would be fine, backing the players to rediscover last season’s form quickly.
Don’t we have Oli McBurnie for that, Merse?
Merson’s comments were fair enough and meant with no malice, but another big striker is the last thing we need.
Oli McBurnie is that man and should be good enough to get the headers Merson mentioned, while Billy Sharp is all hustle and bustle in his play these days.
What United need is a finisher and someone to put away the few clear-cut chances we create. Brewster fits that mould and proved it with Swansea, which is why, it appears, Chris Wilder is so keen.