Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder questioned over Rhian Brewster stance as Daniel Sturridge is tipped for January move December 31, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Darren Bent has been left bewildered by Rhian Brewster’s lack of first-team opportunities at Sheffield United since the youngster completed a club-record move from Liverpool back in October.
Chris Wilder’s men lie rooted to the summit of the English top flight and 11 points adrift of safety, having equalled the longest winless run at the start of a Premier League season [QPR, 16 games – 2012/13] after a 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Tuesday night.
And with the Blades in such dire straits, former Tottenham striker Bent wants to see £23.5million man Brewster given a proper run in Wilder’s side – despite failing to register a single goal for his new side in 12 appearances to date.
“If I’m Rhian Brewster I’m thinking just give me five or six games [in the team],” Bent explained. “All it takes is one goal, his confidence is up and their confidence is up… he goes and gets another one.
“I don’t understand why now Chris Wilder goes now I’ve tried everything else and it’s clearly not worked – they’ve only scored eight goals this season – this is what we’ll do.
“Rhian, you’ve got the next 10 games. Don’t worry about if you don’t need score in the first game, barring an injury you are going to play.
“That will give him a bit of confidence then and at least he knows [where he stands].
“I think they’ve got no-one in the squad at the minute [giving them that spark]. You need that one player who can do something.
“But the fact they’ve spent all this money on him and he doesn’t play [I don’t get it]. He’s probably getting hammered by a load of people saying what a waste money.
“That’s not doing him any favours anyway. So if he’s checking his social media he’s probably getting hammered all the time.
“I don’t understand Chris Wilder. If he didn’t think he was the one to score the goals then why waste a massive part of your budget on this centre-forward?”
Bent talked up the prospect of Wilder bolstering his forward line with the addition of former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Daniel Sturridge – currently a free agent – when the transfer window reopens but only on the right terms.
He added: “If they’re going to bring someone in are they going to play? Because they’ve spent £20million-plus on someone who doesn’t play.
“Yeah I would. You can’t go and give him a normal contract with his injury record. But if you talk about pay as you pay and he still looks hungry and motivated to play then why not?
“Pay as you play you can’t go wrong. Because if he doesn’t play you don’t get paid.”
Bent also believes the writing is on the wall as far as the Blades’ survival hopes go – even with 22 games of the 2020/21 campaign remaining.
Asked if he thinks Wilder’s men are all but relegated, he responded: “I do, yeah. That [points tally] is a long way to come back from.
“They’ve got Palace and Newcastle coming up and if they don’t get anything from those two games, they’ve got Spurs at home, [Man] United and [Man] City.”