Date: 13th April 2021 at 5:30pm
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Keith Gillespie has issued a sympathetic defence of Rhian Brewster following an abysmal, barren run with Sheffield United this season.

The promising home-grown , who has spent time developing with the academies of Chelsea and then Liverpool, enjoyed a breakout season with Swansea in the second half on the 2019/20 Championship season.

His 10 goals helped to thrust the Swans up the table and into a play-off spot, but his career has gone awry since.

Brewster has definitively failed to have the same integral role for the Blades this season following his £23.5 million move to Bramall Lane.

Rooted to the bottom of the table, the Blades look destined for the drop – a likelihood helped on through Brewster’ failure to register a single or assist in the this season.

However, Gillespie was keen to defend Brewster as almost a scapegoat for a wider failure of the team.

Speaking to Football FanCast, Gillespie said of Brewster: “You do feel sorry for him, when you come as a goalscorer, you’re paid to score goals.

“If you don’t do that, you’re deemed a flop. I wouldn’t call him a flop because Sheffield United haven’t performed this season.

“If you’re the marksman, and you’re not getting the service that maybe he was getting at Swansea, playing in , you’re not going to be scoring goals.”

Brewster has endured a baptism of fire in the league in an indication that the jump from the Championship to the is a sizeable one.

The young hitman has been in and out of the team following his run without a goal (starting in under 40% of games) and looks to have lost the trust of the club.

With 22 league appearances, it is hard not to agree that he has been offered ample opportunities to make a difference for his team.

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