Sheffield United express their delight after signing "natural goalscorer" Rhian Brewster
Sheffield United are convinced Rhian Brewster can help solve their problems in front of goal after agreeing to pay what could become a club record fee for the Liverpool centre-forward.
Brewster becomes the eighth new player to arrive at Bramall Lane since the transfer window reopened.
Chris Wilder, whose side enters Sunday’s match at Arsenal searching for its first win of the new season, won the race for Brewster’s services after making a series of detailed presentations to his representatives - explaining how he plans to help their client, described as “a big, big talent” by Jurgen Klopp, maximise the potential which had also attracted interest from Aston Villa, Newcastle and Crystal Palace.
United’s decision to accept Liverpool’s request for clauses entitling them to either buy back Brewster within a three year period, or receive 15 per cent of any future fee, to be inserted into the deal helped ensure a breakthrough in negotiations - which at one stage appeared to be in danger of collapse.
However, after watching his side miss a series of chances during its recent defeat by Leeds, Wilder urged United’s hierarchy to stump-up the £23.5 required to trigger Brewster’s release from Anfield. After making an undisclosed downpayment, the remaining balance will be settled over the course of what is likely to be a four year contract.
“If you look at the signings we have made throughout the summer, it bodes well for the future of the football club,” Wilder, who has also opened talks with Huddersfield Town about defender Terence Kongolo, said. “He (Brewster) is a talent, as are a lot of the younger players we have brought in - whether that’s Oli Burke, Max Lowe, Jayden Bogle or Aaron Ramsdale. They are the profiles of the players we wanted to bring in during the summer and we are delighted we have done it.”
“He is a natural goalscorer,” Wilder continued. “He finishes from any aspect, whether it is in the air, spectacular goals, free-kicks or off his shin. He has a lovely habit of scoring goals, which is crucial in the Premier League.”
Brewster, aged 20, is regarded as one of the most exciting youngsters in the country after helping Enhland in the 2017 under-17 World Cup; winning the Golden Boot following an eight goal haul at the tournament. He was on target 11 times in 22 appearances during a spell on loan with Swansea City last term.
"It feels good to be here and I just can't wait to get started to be honest,” Brewster said. “There were a few teams who came in but right now Sheffield United is the best option for me. Looking at the club, it is on the rise, finishing ninth last year and hopefully it can be better this season. Maybe I can add some goals, I'll work hard and try and help the team to a higher place this year.”
"I am ready to come in and show everyone what I've got,” Brewster added. “It is a team that creates a lot of chances, the three at the back, overlapping, they get crosses into the box and that's my game - being in the box, finding space and one and two touch finishes. That's what I am going to try and do.”