Paul Heckingbottom hopes Daniel Jebbison's debut Sheffield United goal can inspire ex-Liverpool man Rhian Brewster to follow suit

Paul Heckingbottom hopes that Rhian Brewster uses Daniel Jebbison’s first Sheffield United goal as inspiration to get off the mark himself in Blades colours before the end of the season.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 5:00 am

Brewster, United’s £23.5m record signing, had to watch on from the bench as 17-year-old Jebbison started up front against Everton at the weekend, marking his full Premier League debut with the winning goal in just the seventh minute.

Brewster is still to hit the target for United in 28 appearances since his club-record move from Liverpool last year, and hasn’t featured since he was taken off at half-time of United’s 4-0 defeat to Spurs on May 2.

But Heckingbottom, asked how Brewster had reacted to seemingly falling behind Jebbison in the pecking order, said: “Rhian is pleased we won.

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“No-one celebrated more than him, or wished everyone well before the game as much as Rhian.

“He’s great in that respect, fantastic, but he also wants to play.

“He wants that to be him getting his first goal, and we’d all love Rhian to get his first goal. Hopefully he does before the end of the season.

Rhian Brewster watched Sheffield United's victory at Everton from the bench (Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

“If he gets the opportunity, why not let that gee him on and inspire him? Because if it happens, everyone will celebrate it just as much as they did with Jebbo.”

Heckingbottom, who dispelled any suggestions that Jebbison is not in the right physical shape to play three top-flight games in a week, must decide whether to persist with the teenager tonight when his side travel to Newcastle United for the penultimate game of their Premier League adventure.

“Just physically, he’s not there yet,” Heckingbottom said, when asked how the striker could improve further.

“He might look like a big lad who can handle it but he’s still like a baby giraffe. He’s still got loads of growing to do and to get control of his body, and when he does that it’ll be some weapon for him.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how big and strong he can get and how imposing he can be. He’s working hard but he can improve in every area.

“He knows that, and we’re expecting him to get better.”