By Paddy Kenny

12th May, 2021 | 1:05pm

Kenny: Heckingbottom is wrong - this is real reason for Brewster's Sheffield United owes

Rhian Brewster is struggling at Sheffield United simply because he is low on confidence.

That is according to ex-Blades goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Paul Heckingbottom cited a different reason for the 21-year-old’s woes in front of goal.

Quoted in the Star, the interim United boss said: “There’s nothing wrong with his finishing or attitude. Far from it. There’s just a tactical element that needs working on.”

Brewster signed from Liverpool in a club-record £23.5million deal in the summer but is yet to find the back of the net in 29 appearances for his new club.
Kenny questioned Heckingbottom’s comments, stating that Brewster’s trouble in front of goal was down to a question of mentality rather than strategy.

He told Football Insider: “I questioned [Heckingbottom’s comments] myself. But for me, it’s got to be confidence.

“You’ve got to think, he’s not scored a goal and he’s come for a lot of money, £23m.

“He’s a young lad and I think when you’re in a spell like he is, it is hard to make those runs. You daren’t make them.

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“Saying it’s down to a lack of understanding, I’d have to disagree with that. You don’t express yourself as much when you’re not confident. The whole club is in the same boat.

“For him to come out and say it’s to do with how Sheffield United play, I think that’s strange. To me, it seems obvious that it’s just confidence.”

Brewster’s only senior career goals came in the 2019-20 campaign when he netted 11 times on loan with Swansea City in the Championship.

According to Sky Sports, Liverpool have a buy-back clause for the 12-time England under-21 forward.

In other news, Arsenal backed to sign Jordan Henderson-like signing from Sheffield United.