Rhian Brewster is going to have to wait a little longer for his first Sheffield United goal.
The striker became the club’s record signing in October when he joined from Liverpool for £20m plus £3m in add-ons.
In 14 appearances since, Brewster is yet to find the back of the net. Which, considering his price-tag, has led to a certain amount of criticism.
However, Brewster did play an important tole in the Blades’ first Premier League win of the season.
They had to wait 18 games in 2020/21, but a Billy Sharp penalty secured a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.
Brewster and Sharp both came off the bench in the second half and although the former didn’t score, he went very close.
An effort from outside of the box from the England Under-21 international went narrowly wide, before a deflected shot agonisingly hit the post before bouncing back into the grateful arms of Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Yet it was Brewster’s efforts in and out of possession that truly impressed. So often this term the 20-year-old has cut an isolated figure upfront and looked a little off the pace.
But against the Magpies he held the ball up well, caused problems with direct and decisive running, and showed confidence to attempt shots from distance.
Late on, Brewster drew a foul inside the opposition half to take the pressure off his teammates as they desperately looked to secure the three points.
It was a mature and confident performance.
No goal, but these fans are happy with Brewster
After the all important win at Bramall Lane, some supporters took to social media to compliment the forward.
Brewster congratulated Sharp on his 100th league goal for the club, but it was the youngster many wanted to praise.
Brewster’s manager, Chris Wilder, also had a special word for him after the match.
“I thought he was excellent when he came onto the pitch. He gave us a spark,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“He’s a young player and you can’t be too harsh on him. I know people will talk about price-tags but he’s a young player.
“He contributed (to the win).”