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‘Could be a smart move’ – Leeds United eyeing swoop for in-form EFL player: The verdict



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Blackburn Rovers are set to face a nervous transfer window over the long-term future of Ben Brereton now following his impressive form for Chile at the Copa America.

Brereton has been one of the major stories of the Copa America this summer, with the 22-year-old having managed to make a real impact for Chile in the tournament and he has scored one goal and provided one assist in his three appearances so far.

It has now emerged according to Chilean outlet RedGol, that Leeds United are interested in making a move for Brereton this summer. It is believed that the Whites have sent scouts to watch him in action during the Copa America as they prepare a possible move.

Marcelo Bielsa is known to be a long-term admirer of the attacker, but Blackburn are also keen to keep hold of him and want to offer him a new contract.

With Leeds now interested in Brereton, we asked our FLW writers whether they feel he would be a good signing for the Premier League side…

Phil Spencer

For the right price I think that this could be a decent deal.

Ben Brereton has enjoyed a good season for Blackburn Rovers after scoring seven goals and creating five more for the club last term.

He’s also made an impressive breakthrough into Chile’s international team which has seen his stock rise even further.

At 22 years of age the player is only going to get better and that is why Leeds will be interested.

Brereton probably isn’t ready to be a regular starter under Marcelo Bielsa, but if he can make an impact as a squad player then it could be a smart move.

I can’t see Leeds paying over the odds for someone who won’t be an immediate starter and so this one will boil down to Blackburn’s asking price.

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Adam Jones

Although Adam Armstrong’s potential departure is a major blow for Tony Mowbray, they also need to protect another prized asset in Brereton.

The 22-year-old has been subject of memes on social media because of his appearances for Chile, but his performances for the national side have been deadly serious and will only go on to increase his price tag.

At just 22 still, Marcelo Bielsa’s world-class coaching skills could allow the Argentine to take his fellow South American to the next level.

His seven goals in 40 appearances last season may not cause too much excitement, but Brereton is a key cog in Mowbray’s machine and after seeing Armstrong, Brereton and former Liverpool loanee Harvey Elliot play as his front three, he may have none next season if Leeds follow up their interest.

Their loss will be Leeds United’s gain though, but Brereton may start from the bench next season with Jack Harrison likely to sign permanently and Helder Costa remaining at the club. Still, he’s an additional attacking threat Bielsa will have to utilise when needed – and the Argentine will always welcome the addition of more attacking firepower.

Jacob Potter

This could turn out to be a shrewd bit of transfer business by Leeds this summer.

Brereton hasn’t quite hit the heights with Blackburn Rovers, since moving to Ewood Park from Nottingham Forest.

But we’ve seen his quality on the international stage in recent weeks, whilst with Chile in Copa America.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has shown that he can get the best out of players, and I could see him doing just that with Brereton.

We’ve seen glimpses of his quality with Blackburn, but he’s versatility across the front line could make him a decent addition to the Leeds squad, as they look to add much-needed competition to their squad ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

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