Wilder issues Brewster update as Blades boss makes wishes clear

Rhian Brewster

Sheffield United are continuing to plug away at a deal to sign Rhian Brewster after Chris Wilder admitted his wish to get his hands on another striker.

The Blades boss admitted his side lacked that telling quality in the final third on Monday night. That’s after they began their campaign with a 2-0 home defeat to Wolves.

Wilder says he hopes to have a new striker in place before United’s next Premier League game against Aston Villa.

Wilder has not hidden his desire to add to his attack before the transfer window closes. Liverpool’s Brewster remains his number one target.

The Blades have held talks with the Premier League champions regarding the England Under-21 international.

However, Jurgen Klopp has yet to make a decision on the future of the striker. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea in the Championship.

Providing an update on the hunt, Wilder stated: “We are definitely looking to improve. We want to get one at the top of the pitch to give us that quality.

“We are trying. It is an important area of the pitch. Obviously we have the skipper (Billy Sharp) and David McGoldrick who were involved (on Monday).

“Didzy was injured on international duty and only trained for half an hour on Sunday to get on the bench. Oli Burke has not played any minutes of football at all. He will start his season on Thursday night at Burnley in the cup.

“Oli McBurnie was out on his feet as well and Lys (Mousset) is injured. He has a foot ligament injury.

“We are definitely looking to improve. I am delighted with what we have brought in. But if we can get one more at the top end of the pitch to really give us that quality then we will be in much better shape than when we first started in the Premier League against Bournemouth (last season).”

The Blades travel to Villa Park on September 21.


Barnes casts doubt on Brewster future


Former Liverpool star John Barnes doubts Brewster will ever make the grade at Anfield.

Despite coming with a big reputation and proving his worth at Swansea, Barnes can see too many obstacles in his path at Anfield.

Barnes said: “Despite Rhian Brewster having a good loan spell at Swansea City last season, Liverpool clearly don’t see him as a long-term prospect.

“If the centre-forward gets injured, they obviously don’t feel like he would be the right replacement.

“However, it is also a good thing for the player. If he feels like he is not going to play regular football at Liverpool, it is right for him to want to move in order to play each week.”