Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has suggested that Rhian Brewster could make his full debut for the club against his former side Liverpool this weekend.
Liverpool take on Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday and Wilder says that Brewster is in his thoughts for a start.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Wilder gave an update on Brewster’s situation heading into the match. “He’s an infectious character.
“It was a difficult decision for me on Sunday whether to start him or bring him off the bench. He’s had another week’s training so he’s put himself right in the frame to be involved at the weekend and to start as well. He’s really at the forefront of our thinking.
“There is no hesitation. He’s pushing. His natural ability and talent is there to be seen and everybody has seen that already. It’s just from the physical side of it, not opening him up to injury. But we want him to play a week’s training has not done him any hard at all and he’s been bright and bubbly. He’s definitely in our thoughts to start on Saturday evening.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Brewster endured a difficult cameo against Fulham as he lost possession four times and failed to register a shot on goal or chance created in his time on the pitch. Although, it is tough to make an impact off the bench in a tight game and it was his first appearance in the Premier League for the Blades, but could bode well for Liverpool if Brewster does start this weekend.
With it potentially being his first start for the club, Brewster’s inexperience could help Liverpool win if he struggles to make an instant impact for Wilder’s side. Although, on the flip side of that, Brewster could also have some extra motivation to prove to Liverpool that he belongs at this level and that they were wrong to sell him, which could give him that extra 5-10% to make the difference.
Liverpool may keep a very close eye on how Brewster handles himself during the game, given that they have a buyback clause in the deal. If Brewster can score 20+ goals and catch the eye whilst getting into the England senior squad, it could lead to Liverpool looking at potentially exercising their option.