Paul Heckingbottom's advice to Rhian Brewster as Sheffield United striker manages body during Ramadan fasting
Rhian Brewster has been urged to not “wish the season away” because of his current struggles in front of goal after Paul Heckingbottom, the Sheffield United manager, revealed the striker has been fasting during Ramadan.
Brewster is still to net his first goal for the Blades since his club-record move from Liverpool, and was withdrawn at half-time as United were hammered 4-0 by Spurs on Saturday.
“It’s been difficult for him but he’s been working hard with us, he’s had a run of three games and is working even harder now,” Heckingbottom said.
“It’s coincided with Ramadan too so he’s been trying to manage his body and it’s been a good education for him that will stand him in good stead.
“We can’t shy away from how hard it is and how hard he’s got to work but we can support him through it and try to push him.”
Asked how Brewster has coped during his barren spell, Heckingbottom added: “I can only speak for the several weeks I’ve been working with him but I’ve tried to get to know him.
“He’s bubbly and lively and we’ve been speaking about not shying away from it and wishing the season away. Keep working and pushing and try and get the most out of the remaining games at this level, because this is where everyone wants to be.
“We’re in the toughest league in the world and the standards are so high but you don’t want to be anywhere else. So if you have to step up you try and do it.”