Rhian Brewster’s former coach, Daniel Seymour, has spoken of the exact moment that the Sheffield United man was offered a contract with Chelsea.
Seymour, who was coaching Brewster during his time at Shield Academy, has spoken to the Sun about the potential that the new Blades striker showed in his first outing.
“He stood on the edge of the area in this seven-a-side game, looking like he didn’t know what was going on. All of a sudden, the kick-off happened and the ball went to him and I thought, ‘What’s he going to do?’,” Seymour said.
“And the first thing Rhian did in the first ten seconds was take the ball past every single player, walk it in, pick the ball up and put it on the spot again. Martin Taylor (Chelsea scout) came over and stood next to me and asked where he was from. It was at that exact moment, he decided Rhian had to be a Chelsea player.”
Brewster should make his full debut for United tonight against former club Liverpool. After coming on as a sub last week against Fulham, Chris Wilder could be tempted to throw the 20-year-old in at Anfield this weekend.
And Seymour, it seems, isn’t surprised to see Brewster do so well thanks to his attitude and upbringing.
“Rhian’s so grounded — that’s come from his parents,” he added.
“One thing that struck me was when he joined Chelsea, one of the first things his dad said was, ‘If he doesn’t do his homework, he’s not training’. It was about the message Rhian was going to get, the ethos and values.”
That attitude seems to have stuck with Brewster. Chris Wilder admitted this week the youngster had been a ‘breath of fresh air’ around Shirecliffe.