Rangers were heavily linked with signing Rhian Brewster in the summer of 2020 but considering he has scored zero goals since his switch to Sheffield United, it seems clear that Steven Gerrard dodged a bullet when he opted to move to Bramall Lane rather than Ibrox.
After an impressive loan spell with Swansea City in the Championship, there was plenty of interest in Brewster ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, including from Rangers, who were linked with a loan move for the former Liverpool youngster.
However, he would complete a £23.5m move to Sheffield United, who were unable to match their performances from their first campaign back in the top-flight and ended up finishing rock bottom of the Premier League last season, with Brewster’s performances a huge disappointment throughout the campaign.
In 27 Premier League appearances for the Blades, the 21-year-old would contribute no goals or assists, averaging a shocking 6.17 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
It is no surprise that Gerrard was originally interested in bringing the young striker to Ibrox, as he will have managed him during his time working with the Liverpool academy, and was one of several experienced coaches at Anfield to sing his praises earlier in his career, saying:
“Everyone has seen it all over the world that Rhian is capable of scoring goals.
“You have to enjoy the plaudits but not get too high and not start believing in all the hype. You have to keep showing everyone what you are about.
“In football, people forget pretty quickly, both the good and the bad. You are only as good as your last game.
“We all know he has got the talent and the ability.”
Another former coach of Brewster’s, Dan Seymour, dubbed the youngster “exceptional” and suggested that he was one of the most talented players to ever come through his Shield academy, but unfortunately, the young Englishman was unable to live up to his praise last season and endured a nightmare campaign with the Blades.
Whilst it is difficult to know whether he would have had more success in a title-winning side rather than a relegated side, his less than impressive performances at Bramall Lane suggest that Rangers dodged a bullet in not signing him last summer.