Former Blackburn Rovers striker Danny Graham has backed Ben Brereton Diaz to score at least 20 goals for Tony Mowbray’s side this season in the Championship.
The Chile international has managed to fill the void left by Adam Armstrong who opted to move to Southampton during the summer transfer window.
A stand-out performer in the second-tier, Brereton Diaz has already managed to find the back of the net on 10 occasions.
The forward was named as the Championship’s Player of the Month for September this morning after being directly involved in seven goals for his side in five league appearances.
With Blackburn set to make their return to Championship action on October 16th, it will be intriguing to see whether Brereton Diaz is able to maintain his superb form at this level.
Currently eighth in the second-tier standings, Rovers will be looking to bounce back from their recent defeat to Blackpool when they face Coventry City at Ewood Park.
Making reference to Brereton Diaz, Graham has revealed that he believes the forward will be able to break through the 20-goal barrier this season.
Speaking to Footy Accumulators about the forward, Graham said: “Personally, I would have backed 20+ [goals] but I think his aim was probably get to 10 then see where he goes from there, but he’s already on 10 and he needs to keep progressing and aim high.
“20+ is well within his sights now and good luck to him.”
Brereton Diaz’s rise to prominence this season has been spectacular as his performances during the previous campaign were relatively inconsistent as he only managed to find the back of the net on seven occasions in 43 appearances.
Having already reached double figures in terms of goals in the Championship, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the forward continues to thrive under the guidance of Mowbray.
Currently averaging an impressive WhoScored match rating of 7.25 in the second-tier, Brereton Diaz will be confident in his ability to deliver the goods at this level on a regular basis in the coming months.
Providing that Blackburn are able to beat Coventry in their upcoming clash with Mark Robins’ side, they could use the momentum gained from this result to push on in the Championship.