“Can we see them lining up a lot of interest” – Can the Blackburn Rovers keep the key man after a 21/22 flight start? The verdict
This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from FLW editors regarding breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more …
It was a great start to the season for Ben Brereton-Diaz at Blackburn Rovers.
After his top-level exploits with Chile in the Copa America over the summer, the forward brilliantly filled the void left by Adam Armstrong’s attack on Blackburn.
The 22-year-old has scored four goals and provided an assist in seven league appearances so far for Rovers, assisting in seventh place in the league table, with 12 points under their belt.
However, that could be a problem for the Rovers later, with Brereton’s contract at Ewood Park set to expire at the end of this season.
This means that as it stands, the forward could sign a pre-contract deal with a foreign club from January, or leave Ewood Park for free at the end of this season.
Could Blackburn therefore have trouble retaining the services of the Chilean international this summer given his form at the start of the season?
We posed this question to some of our Football League World editors, and here’s a rundown of what they had to say.
Brereton-Diaz is an attractive prospect, he has an excellent physique and work ethic in a crucial area of the pitch.
Whether he’s good enough to be linked with clubs like Sevilla or other La Liga clubs I’m not so sure, and he will need to maintain that form as the season progresses to justify any claims according to him. which he is ready for a high level movement.
Adam Armstrong’s departure to Ewood Park seems to have given him a boost, relishing the added responsibility on the front row with Sam Gallagher and Tyrhys Dolan. It would certainly be in the club’s best interests to tie the 22-year-old to a longer term deal, possibly with a release clause so that if there is any interest they know where they stand.
If he doesn’t sign a new deal, he becomes even more attractive in a free market, so they should look to tie him up as soon as possible.
Can you take this round-the-clock quiz of some of Blackburn’s best forwards?
I think so.
There has obviously been a lot of hype around Brereton Diaz this season, but he has lived up to it.
He started the season in great shape with four goals in seven games, and is finally starting to realize his full potential.
However, there is not much time left on his contract and I can see them showing a lot of interest in him in January.
Now might be a good time to consider cashing out.
In the absence of last season’s top scorer Adam Armstrong, Ben Brereton-Diaz has lived up to Blackburn this season and appears to be a player inspired by his emergence on the international stage with Chile this summer.
Brereton-Diaz has been reported to be on the radar of clubs like Leeds United over the summer and it highlights that other clubs are already taking note of the striker’s growing confidence and potential.
As long as Blackburn stays in the league, they’ll still have a hard time keeping hold of their star players like they did with Armstrong this summer. Therefore, if Brereton-Diaz continues in his current form and Rovers misses a Premier League return, it is inevitable that speculation will emerge.
Tony Mowbray has managed to improve Brereton-Diaz’s game a lot over the past year and it won’t go unnoticed for the forward. Therefore, Blackburn may well have a chance of trying to persuade him to stay at Ewood Park.
However, it seems likely that without a promotion Brereton-Diaz could potentially overtake Blackburn over the remainder of the campaign and possibly secure a move next summer.