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Chris Wilder backs Rhian Brewster, and so should Sheffield United fans

Chris Wilder has backed Rhian Brewster once again after the former Liverpool man drew another blank last night.

Much was made of Brewster’s performance by some Blades fans last night.

Some, quite rightly, pointed out that his overall play and movement could have been a bit sharper at times. Others, rather unfairly, pointed out that he’s simply not good enough, or a ‘waste of money’ as some put it.

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But Wilder has come out fighting for Brewster. The Blades boss insisting that the youngster will come good and he simply needs that first goal to get the monkey off his back at Bramall Lane.

“I have said it all along, Rhian is a natural goalscorer at whatever level, whether for Liverpool, England or on loan at Swansea,” Wilder said.

“He has had to play against some tremendous opposition but he will learn from this experience and he’s going to be a good player for us I am sure.”

And at a time when the club needs everyone pulling in the right direction, Sheffield United fans need to cut Brewster a bit of slack and get off his back.

Sheffield United fans should want Rhian Brewster to do well, there’s no point in abusing him

A quick scan on social media last night and you’d have come across some outrageous, in fact, borderline ridiculous comments about Brewster.

‘Get rid now’, ‘useless’, and ‘might as well play Bogle up top’, all comments which were directed at Brewster. And they were some of the ‘nicer’ ones.

The fact is, Brewster has come in for a big fee and as I’ve wrote about before on this site, figures in the £20m ball park are unheard of at Bramall Lane so, naturally, fans expect something for that money.

But this is a young man learning the game. He hadn’t played a Premier League match for Liverpool prior, so to suddenly expect him to be the saving grace in a team that’s already struggled, is unfair and harsh.

Brewster can improve and needs to, but back him

Yes, his movement and anticipation and, at times, workrate could be improved. But he’s low on confidence as it is and as Wilder said, things just aren’t going for Brewster at the moment.

Any sensible Blades fan will surely see Rhian Brewster is doing what he can and trying his hardest to get off the mark. The frustration on his face was clear to see when he was taken off last night.

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But those goals will come. Whether it be now, or next season in either the Championship or the Premier League, Brewster has shown at Swansea he knows where the back of the net is.

Strikers thrive on confidence. Getting at Brewster from all angles across social media platforms is simply not going to help anyone. Put simply, get off his back Blades fans and let’s hope we reap the rewards for years to come from a young player who clearly has talent in the locker.

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