Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Sheffield United striker Brian Deane believes his old side were asking too much of Rhian Brewster.
Chris Wilder looked to build on a great 2019/20 Premier League season by signing Brewster in a club-record deal from Liverpool, expecting the young English forward to fire his team to more success.
However, Brewster has really struggled, failing to find the back of the net in English football’s top flight since his arrival at Bramall Lane during the last summer transfer window.
Given that Brewster is still just 21 years of age with little experience at this level, though, Deane feels there was too much expectation placed on his shoulders.
Discussing the England U21 international in an exclusive interview with FFC, Deane said:
“£20m for Rhian Brewster in the Premier League is a hell of a lot of money. It’s a lot of money and then what are you asking a 20-year-old kid to do in the Premier League against very well-established, highly-motivated athletes, defenders?
“You know, what is going to make this kid who has done very well in the Championship… how are you going to guarantee that he makes that leap into the Premier League?”
In that 2019/20 season in the Championship, Brewster scored 11 times in 22 appearances and helped Swansea City to reach the play-offs. Taking that into account, the former Liverpool man could be a really good option for Sheffield United next term.