Sheffield United striker, Rhian Brewster, has admitted that the opportunity to learn from David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp is one that he simply cannot afford to waste.
Sharp and McGoldrick have more than a decade of experience on Brewster but find themselves competing at the top of the pitch under Paul Heckingbottom’s management. Brewster scored at the weekend, while Sharp also came off the bench to net as United beat Bristol City 2-0.
Since arriving at the club in a deal worth around £23m, Brewster has struggled to get going. However, he’s scored twice in his last three starts now, and looks to be getting into his stride.
Competition is, as we know, fierce up top at The Lane. Sharp and McGoldrick are just two of Brewster’s teammates competing in the final third. Oli McBurnie, Oli Burke, Lys Mousset, Iliman Ndiaye, and the out on loan Daniel Jebbison are also on the books.
But rather than sulk about the amount of players battling it out, Brewster believes it’s a good thing and that Sharp and McGoldrick in particular are excellent role models.
The one thing money can’t buy in football is experience. Between them, Sharp and Didzy have over 1000 professional appearances. And speaking before this weekend’s clash with Cardiff City, Rhian Brewster says learning from the pair is something he is keen to do.
“They’re obviously different kind of players to me in some aspects. But they’ve scored a lot of goals and got amazing experiences,” Brewster told the official Blades YouTube channel.
“If you can learn something off them, then you’re basically winning. Sharpy’s scored a lot of goals, he’s a club legend. And obviously Didzy as well. Even different types of finishing. If you can learn that and add it to your game, then it will help a lot.”
Brewster will hope to be fit for this weekend. The young striker revealed his hamstring injury is nothing serious. Paul Heckingbottom, meanwhile, promised to give both Brewster and Ollie Norwood until the very last moment to prove their fitness.