Rhian Brewster showed everyone a glimpse of things to come with Newcastle cameo
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Rhian Brewster showed everyone a glimpse of things to come with Newcastle cameo

Among all the good things to come out of that first win over Newcastle, Sheffield United fans should be excited by what they saw from Rhian Brewster.

The young striker, by all accounts, hasn’t exactly got off to the flying start everyone might have hoped for. A big-money move, to a team struggling, and with it a team creating little, was always going to be a recipe for Brewster to come in for some criticism.

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And he has. Whether fairly or not, everyone is entitled to their opinion and as Blades fans, when we see our club spend over £20m on a player, naturally, we expect something a bit special.

But Chris Wilder keeps insisting Brewster will be a good player for the football club. He’s said it more than once and was quick to defend him on Tuesday when a couple of chances went begging.


Above all else, though, Blades fans will feel they finally got a glimpse of what the real Rhian Brewster is all about.


Wilder chucked Brewster on to have an impact at the top of the pitch. It was that simple. Newcastle were sitting in, with ten men, and making things tough.

But without even delving into the stats and numbers, it was plain to see on the eye that Brewster did just that with his second-half performance.

His run inside the full-back and then touch and cross which narrowly evaded Billy Sharp was a touch of class. On another day, Sharp is on the end of that and he rightfully applauded the young striker’s efforts.

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Brewster also looked to create and score himself, too. His run from the halfway line and shot epitomised his attitude to trying to score goals, while his effort which deflected off the post was another good piece of individual play which deserved more.

Yes, he squandered a chance when well offside as he flicked wide but you got the impression there he knew he was flagged and was almost toying around.


As Wilder says, Brewster will be a good player. He is still just 20, some 14 years the junior of goalscorer Billy Sharp.

As fans, we must be patient. Forget the price tag, we have signed Brewster for a reason and we must invest in him and believe. If Tuesday night was anything to go by, then he’ll more than repay that mammoth fee in the coming seasons.

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