As Sheffield United’s record signing at a reported £23.5 million, the pressure has been on Rhian Brewster from the very start to provide goals for the Blades.
Sadly for the youngster though his debut season at Bramall Lane did not go the way he intended.
Despite never appearing in a Premier League game for Liverpool, the Reds were able to sell him for a big fee last summer due to his form on loan at Swansea City, but the jump into the top flight proved to be too much, too soon for Brewster.
Granted a lot of his 27 appearances in the 2020-21 campaign came off the bench but to go scoreless throughout the whole season would have been weighing a lot on the young striker’s mind.
Brewster was always going to make his breakthrough eventually though – it didn’t happen on Saturday in United’s Championship opener against Birmingham City but against League Two Carlisle United in the Carabao Cup last night it fell right for the 21-year-old.
Quiz: Do you remember which player scored Sheffield United’s first goal in each of the last 15 seasons?
Pouncing on a Carlisle save from a Billy Sharp effort, Brewster fired his first Blades goal into the back of the net in what proved to be the only goal of the match to send United into the hat for the second round draw – and he posted a message on social media post-match to share his delight.
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This could be the goal that finally gets Brewster going at Sheffield United.
Big things were expected of the youngster last season but things just didn’t click on the pitch – it could be easy to write the striker off as a big-money flop but it needs to be remembered that Brewster is just 21 years of age.
Granted it was only against League Two opposition, but Brewster’s goal against Carlisle could finally be the catalyst for success and if he can replicate his goal ratio from when he was at Swansea City on loan in the 2019-20 season, then United will end up having a good player on their hands.