Ex-Liverpool star Rhian Brewster hits unwanted landmark after Sheffield Utd move

Ex-Liverpool star Rhian Brewster hits unwanted landmark after Sheffield Utd move

It’s now one year since Sheffield United completed the signing of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool.

And a year on, he is still yet to score a league goal for the Blades following a whopping £23.5million switch from Anfield.

His tale has been one of woe.

The fact that Brewster will start the clash against promotion-chasing Bournemouth on the substitute’s bench tells its own story.

With United back in the Championship following a wretched 2020-21 season in the top flight, he is no longer first choice.

Chris Wilder, the manager who chased and ultimately persuaded Brewster to join the Blades, said upon winning his signature: “He has been our number one target.

Rhian Brewster is Sheffield United’s record signing

“At the top of the pitch we have one of the country’s hottest properties from Liverpool and for him to sign permanently here is fantastic for everyone concerned.”

It’s safe to say Brewster hasn’t lived up to that billing.

In fairness, he joined a side that despite enjoying a superb campaign back in the Premier League, were never prolific scorers.

He was brought in to finish off the few chances that the team created. But zero goals in 30 appearances last season meant there was no hiding.

As the team’s confidence dropped following defeat after defeat, you sensed the youngster was perhaps trying too hard to break his duck.

It was hoped that after a summer break and with a new manager in the building, Brewster would come back refreshed and ready to kick on.

To that end he did at least score his first goal for the club this season.

His strike against Carlisle United in an EFL Cup tie will hardly go down in folklore but many Blades fans were hoping it would be the beginning of a purple patch.

Alas not.

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Rhian Brewster is yet to score a league goal for Sheffield United

He has since flitted between being an unused sub and cameos off the bench.

He was left sat watching from the sidelines in each United’s last two outings.

His manager, Slavisa Jokanovic, recently spoke about Brewster’s well-publicised drought.

He said: “Rhian needs to improve, definitely, to make a step forward and not be comfortable in his situation because we are talking about one of the biggest talents in English football.

“He needs to push himself to the highest level. We are here to help him and support him but the rest depends on him.

“I don’t want to say he’s not working well enough, he tries, he’s focused and concentrated on all the instructions we give him.

“I’ve tried to use him sometimes in different positions to his natural position. Does a guy 21-years-old have a natural position? I don’t know.

“He needs to open his mind, trust himself and work hard with more desire, more focus, more concentration.”

Today will see Brewster come up against his old Liverpool colleague Dominic Solanke.

Dominic Solanke has become a prolific scorer for Bournemouth, after enduring a slow start

He too was sold on by the Reds for big money, with the Cherries forking out £19m for the forward. And it took a fair bit of time before the penny dropped for him in new surroundings.

In his first full campaign with Bournemouth, Solanke had to wait until the final few games of the season before he notched his first league goals – a full 18 months after joining the club.

He has since gone on to enjoy a prolific campaign last time around and has picked up where he left off this term, with six in ten league games so far – perfect inspiration for Brewster.

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