Rhian Brewster got his second league goal for Sheffield United at the weekend and now former Nottingham Forest star, Jack Lester, may well deal a blow to his former club.
Brewster fired in from just inside the area to send United on their way to a well-deserved three points against Bristol City. It followed on from a fine strike at Blackburn Rovers, and comes at a time when Brewster’s career at Bramall Lane seemed to be on a knife edge.
TeamTalk had previously claimed that Nottingham Forest were keen on Brewster, with then-manager, Slavisa Jokanovic, apparently open to letting the youngster leave.
However, with Brewster now scoring two in his last three starts, things are on the up. And in a further blow for Forest, it seems former Red and now Blades coach, Jack Lester, will deal them a blow.
Lester has been promoted within the Sheffield United ranks from Head of the Academy, to first-team coach. Naturally, Lester will still have a say on some things at youth level. But his main focus is now United’s first-team squad, and in particular the strikers.
And speaking this week for the first time since being appointed to work under Paul Heckingbottom, Lester has admitted he has already started working with Brewster.
“I’ve worked with him a bit already. The way he strikes the ball is lovely and he definitely can finish,” Lester told United’s YouTube channel.
“It’ll just be helping him with coming into the box a little more unnoticed and little bits around his movement. His finishing is very good.”
Lester’s comments on Brewster come after Paul Heckingbottom admitted the staff will be pushing the striker.
“He’s going to be pushed. I think he knows he’s going to be pushed and we’ll see how he responds. Rhian’s at the start of his career. You look at Sharpy, there’s a lot Rhian can take from him,” Hecky said of Rhian this week.
For now at least, it seems very much like Rhian Brewster is in Heckingbottom’s Sheffield United plans. Certainly, his first performance against the Robins did no harm.
This is, of course, good news for everyone. Blades fans have been desperate for Brewster to do well. And it appears like things are beginning to click.
For teams like Forest, however, this won’t be welcome news. Steve Cooper will have been confident of landing Brewster. He knows him well, and has got the best from him before. The fact it’s now a former Forest favourite in Lester who is helping Brewster, only rubs salt into the wound.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, will simply sit back and hope to reap the rewards of their club-record signing.