Nottingham Forest linked Rhian Brewster made a return to action for the Sheffield United under-23 ranks yesterday. The striker played for an hour as the Blades took on Barnsley at Bramall Lane.
Brewster has been touted for a move to Forest. That said, Paul Heckingbottom has raved about the talisman since he replaced Slavisa Jokanovic as the club’s new manager.
Brewster wasted little time in getting his feet back under the table. He equalised for the Blades in the first half, after Daniel Bremang had given the Tykes the lead.
United won the game in dramatic fashion. Leo Gaxha, the man who replaced Brewster on the hour, fired home just moments after Barnsley thought they had earned themselves a share of the spoils from the penalty spot.
Brewster joined Jake Eastwood and former Forest midfielder Adlene Guedioura in a strong Blades line-up. The striker came through unscathed and he’ll now hope to force his way back into the first-team reckoning.
The 21-year-old was going nowhere fast under Jokanovic. He was linked with a move to Forest and at the time it seemed like a positive move for all parties.
In 42 outings for the Blades, he’s found the net three times. Heckingbottom could give him a new lease of life though, making Forest’s pursuit all the more difficult.
Talent: Forest must continue to monitor Brewster
Given his age, Forest have to continue keeping tabs on the striker. There could be a situation where the boss tries to sign his own players and that could push Brewster’s nose out of joint.
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Steve Cooper is a man who knows all about the former Liverpool man. The Forest head coach signed Brewster on loan during the 2019/20 campaign and he scored 11 goals in 22 appearances.
Forest might have moved on from the youngster in the short term. Keinan Davis has signed from Aston Villa on loan; with Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor already in the ranks.
Brewster may have been parked by Forest. The summer could change the landscape though and as a result, Forest should keep him on the radar.