Ben Brereton-Diaz received five-word Alan Shearer advice following his 20-goal tally mark achievement.
Brereton-Diaz scored his 20th goal of the season in Blackburn’s 2-1 victory over Barnsley last night.
The Chilean striker from Stoke-on-Trent scored a 65th minute goal that proved decisive for the Rovers. The win brought them level on points with second place Fulham in the Championship table.
That means Blackburn are third, but only one point behind league leaders AFC Bournemouth.
Shearer joined in on the praise for Brereton-Diaz last night.
“Keep up the great work @benbreo,” wrote Shearer on Twitter, followed by several hands-clapping emojis.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 30, 2021
Shearer is a club legend, having led the line on Blackburn’s famous Premier League winning side of 1994-95.
Not since Shearer scored 20 goals for Blackburn in 1995-96 has a striker done so for the club in such quick time.
Brereton-Diaz’s form has exploded this season. The striker switched national allegiance to Chile in the Summer, where he has become a cult hero.
His unusual background has been secondary to his recent goalscoring heroics that have helped charge Blackburn up the Championship table.
This win has continued the club’s fine form, making it six wins in a row now for Tony Mowbray’s men.
Brereton-Diaz has been linked with a January transfer move away from the club. Sky Sports reported earlier this month that Newcastle United are considering an offer for the striker.
The Sun have also linked Leeds United with the player, claiming a £25 million fee will be needed to prise the player away from the club.
This is a great moment for Brereton-Diaz. Shearer may be more remembered for his stint at Newcastle United, but Blackburn Rovers fans will always see him as the standard setter for their club.
The Chilean striker will have to make a big decision this January regarding his future. He could stay at Blackburn and continue to write his name in the club’s folklore, or he could step up to become a Premier League striker.
He could even follow in Shearer’s footsteps and move to Tyneside. That will be playing on his mind, too, that it is Shearer praising him for his goalscoring achievements.