The writing is on the wall for Sheffield United now in terms of relegation and a return to Championship football next season.
Of course, Chris Wilder wants his players to keep fighting and looking to pick up points where they can. But it’s a mammoth task to even consider that United stay up now, even if you’re the most optimistic of Blades.
Within that, Wilder won’t want to go about seeing his team embarrassed and hammered in any games. It’s probably why he’s resisted the temptation to play young players, although we have seen a few around the squad of late.
However, one young man who does need to be given a run in this Sheffield United team is the big money summer signing, Rhian Brewster.
For an outsider, Brewster’s stats make miserable reading. 18 games, and zero goals for a player who cost United upwards of £20m. Put simply, it’s not exactly good enough, however you sugarcoat it.
But in Brewster’s defence, only 7 of those games have been starts. And also in his defence, he’s had a few moments of rotten luck when the ball has dropped his way in front of goal. Think West Brom, Bristol Rovers, and two stunning Chelsea blocks.
Sheffield United need to give Rhian Brewster games now
Chris Wilder has already admitted in his last few pressers that it looks very much like United are down. Keen to not ‘mug us off’, Wilder seems to have come to terms with the idea we will be playing Championship football.
And if that is the case for Wilder, then he needs to start getting Rhian Brewster involved in this team and doing so quickly.
The Blades boss has said he believes Brewster will be a good player for the club. And there’s little reason to doubt him. Still just 20, the former Liverpool man has time on his side and has proven himself at Championship level already with Swansea.
That’s why getting him a run of games now in the Blades XI, potentially alongside Oli McBurnie (that may be our starting pair next term) could be so important for Brewster.
United might go down, but if the forward can get the monkey off his back in terms of bagging his first Blades goal, it will serve him so well as he heads off for the summer.
We all know what Sharp and McGoldrick can do, and they’ll play their part next season I’m sure. But for now, it would be nice to see Brewster given a fair crack at things to see if he can show us what he’s made of.