Things haven’t quite gone to plan for young Rhian Brewster since his big-money arrival at Sheffield United in the summer.
That is not a criticism of the young man, more an observation of a player trying to make his way in the game in a struggling team.
Brewster, a £20m+ signing from Liverpool, has made just a handful of starts and has yet to get off the mark for United. He had a golden chance against West Brom but was unlucky, in fairness, and has since seen chances in front of goal limited.
However, there has been signs of life from Brewster in recent weeks. Chris Wilder admitted he gave the team ‘a spark’ in the win over Newcastle, while he did well enough when he came on against Tottenham.
So with a clash with lower league opposition in Plymouth today in the FA Cup, Brewster will be hoping today is the day he gets lift off.
Goals and confidence
In reality, the signing of Brewster was one for the future. Sure, seeing the Blades splash out over £20m naturally brings expectation that we have signed the next big thing. But in the current market, £20m for a young, English talent, is not that much.
That’s not to say the former Liverpool man can’t contribute now, though.
Today should give him the perfect platform to try and get off the mark and show what he can do, if he’s given the chance. And that is in no way disrespectful to Plymouth, but Brewster will be relishing the chance he might get against lower league opposition.
One goal for Brewster could change both his and United’s season.
Let’s hope, then, that today is the day for the England youngster.