Why David McGoldrick is backing Rhian Brewster to be a "big player" for Sheffield United

David McGoldrick, an excellent interviewee as well as an incredibly talented footballer, does a nice line in self-depreciation.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 2:00 pm

And in just a few words, the Sheffield United striker managed to encapsulate how quickly fortunes can change in football after he scored the winner against Brighton at the weekend.

McGoldrick’s early strike took United’s top scorer to eight goals for the campaign, and it was suggested to him afterwards that he is enjoying a better time in front of goal this season than last.

“Well, it couldn’t be any worse really, could it?” smiled a man who waited until March for his first of the campaign in United colours in 2019/20.

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“It’s always good to get a goal, for any player but especially a striker. Let’s see if I can get a few more before the end of the season.”

Rhian Brewster the former Liverpool youngster who has partnered McGoldrick up front in the last few United games, is enduring a similar goal drought. He is still yet to hit the target for United in 27 games since becoming their record goalscorer and is thought to look up to McGoldrick on and off the pitch.

“Rhian will get goals,” McGoldrick added, on a player 12 years his junior.

“There’s no doubt he’s a quality player, a quality finisher, and it’s just one of those things. I talked to him about my experience last season, the droughts, and you just have to keep going, keep working.

Rhian Brewster and David McGoldrick of Sheffield United: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

“One will fall for him and he’ll poke it in, and then he’ll go on a run. He’ll be a great asset for this club in the future, he’s getting a run of games and looking fitter and sharper.

“He’s working hard and learning the way we play, and he’ll be a big player for us.

“If we can get him a goal or two before the end of the season, going into next season, then even better. Because we have a player on our hands.”

Brewster enjoyed a better time of it in the Championship last season, scoring 11 goals in 22 games for Swansea City, and is expected to lead the line in United’s bid to get back up at the first attempt.