Former Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, who was linked with a move to Rangers in the summer, is struggling at Sheffield United following his £23.5m transfer.
In June 2020, the Scottish Sun reported that Steven Gerrard was looking to bring Brewster to Ibrox on loan for the 2020/21 season.
It was thought that the Gers boss would try to to use his Anfield connections to lure the highly-rated England youth international to Glasgow.
However, despite his strong form in pre-season, Liverpool opted to sell Brewster instead, and Rangers stood no chance up against a host of Premier League clubs.
Sheffield United eventually won the race with their club-record offer of £23.5m [The Guardian] and Brewster signed a five-year deal at Bramall Lane.
It was a high profile transfer and Blades boss Chris Wilder was delighted to have secured his priority target.
Yet, things have not gone to plan at all for the 20-year-old since then.
Brewster has appeared in 18 of United’s last 19 Premier League matches, starting seven and coming off the bench in the other eleven, but is still yet to score for his new club.
He also drew a blank in an FA Cup Fourth Round win over Plymouth Argyle and he hasn’t managed registered an assist all season either.
It’s a surprisingly barren run for a player who netted three times under Jurgen Klopp in pre-season, including a brace against RB Salzburg.
Of course, his poor form in the Premier League doesn’t necessarily mean he also would have struggled had he sealed a loan move to the Scottish Premiership.
However, it does go to show that spending big doesn’t always bring success.
Rangers only spent a little over £6 million on Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten combined and they have scored 17 goals between them across all competitions so far this season, with the Gers flying high at the top of the table and Sheffield United rooted to the bottom of theirs.
Two former Gers strikers have found new clubs this week with Joe Dodoo joining an EFL side after a brief stint in Turkey and Kyle Lafferty reportedly agreeing to join a European club.