Roy Keane says Sheffield United’s strikers are not good enough for the Premier League.
Speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports during their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, Keane laid into the division’s bottom side.
That loss was the Blades’ 21st in 26 league matches this season. They are 15 points from safety and look destined to be relegated.
After finishing ninth last term in their first top flight campaign in 12 years, this is quite the fall from grace.
Keane says it’s those playing upfront for United who have cost them their place in the Premier League.
“It’s always a gamble whether these players are going to be able to make the step up (from the Championship),” the former Manchester United midfielder said.
“Particularly strikers. McBurnie’s come up and not scored enough goals. McGoldrick, great lad but he’s not going to get double figures in the Premier League. It’s a struggle for these lads.
“Then they take a gamble on the young lad from Liverpool (Rhian Brewster). A lad who’s never scored at the highest level. Huge gamble.”
Is Roy Keane right?
It’s easy to pin the blame on the forwards, who admittedly have struggled to hit the back of the next regularly in 2020/21.
The Blades are the division’s lowest scorers with just 15 goals. Yet it was a similar story last year when many were praising them.
Only three teams scored fewer than Chris Wilder’s side in 2019/20.
The difference then was they relied on a solid back line – with only the top three having a better defensive record last season.
This time around only Leeds United and West Bromwich have conceded more than the South Yorkshire team.
The likes of McBurnie, McGoldrick and Brewster are easy targets. Particularly the latter, who is the club’s record signing and is yet to score for them.
Yet Brewster is also only 20-years-old and had no top flight experience before this term. The youngster is learning on the job and needs time to develop.
Strikers have to score goals, of course they do. But they also need service to do that. Football is a team game and Keane singling out the Blades attack is unfair.