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Why Rhian Brewster should be playing for West Ham not Sheffield United this weekend

When West Ham United face Sheffield United this Sunday striker Rhian Brewster will be on the wrong side.

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Most West Ham fans will have seen – or be aware of – the picture of the Blades’s record £23.5million signing in a Hammers top as a kid.

While still at Liverpool, Brewster posted a picture on social media of himself as a six or seven year-old with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard at Upton Park.

Brewster insisted he was not a West Ham fan in an interview last year (The Mirror).

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But the issue runs deeper than that.

Rhian Brewster at Upton Park as a young Hammer with Steven Gerrard Image. Photo: @rhianbrewster Instagram

A travesty Brewster is not playing for West Ham

Why a prodigious young talent like Brewster is not playing for West Ham right now is something of a travesty.

Not only was Brewster scouted by the Hammers as a kid, he even played for the youth team on trial.

And get this, Brewster was born and raised in Chadwell Heath, the longstanding home of West Ham’s training ground – now the club’s famous academy.

West Ham have produced some top strikers over the years from Geoff Hurst to Tony Cottee and Jermain Defoe.

But the successful graduation of a striker from the academy to the West Ham first team has been all too rare an occurrence.

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Instead West Ham have flitted from the sublime to the ridiculous when it comes to strikers over the last 20 years.

One minute possessing talents such as Paolo Di Canio, Defoe, Carlos Tevez and Dean Ashton to relying on the likes of Benni McCarthy and Mido.

It says a lot that West Ham have had more success in recent years by converting wingers to strikers such as Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio.

And throwing money at it hasn’t guaranteed success either with £45m Sebastien Haller a case in point.

Brewster, 20, an England Under 17 World Cup winner, should have been the latest in a long line of West Ham stars to graduate from the self-styled Academy of Football.

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Instead he elected to join Chelsea as a youngster before leaving for Liverpool, being loaned out to Swansea and then signing for Sheffield United.

Brewster’s unconventional route to being a Premier League player could have been circumnavigated by joining and playing for the club that was literally on his doorstep.

The question, when a young talent like Brewster grows up in such close proximity to a club famed for producing top players for club and country, has to be how was he NOT recruited by West Ham?

Brewster still has much to prove to make it as a Premier League player.

But it threatens to be a question that haunts West Ham.

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