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Exclusive: Jobi McAnuff explains his stance on Blackburn Rovers’ Ben Brereton Diaz dilemma



Discovery+ and Quest pundit Jobi McAnuff strongly believes that Blackburn Rovers should keep hold of Ben Brereton Diaz beyond the January transfer window.

The Chilean striker has been one of the stories of the season by scoring 19 league goals which is more than he had previously managed in his career. Rovers have an option to extend Brereton Diaz’s contract by one year in the summer, the current deal expires at the end of the campaign, that situation off the pitch and the Chilean’s incredible goalscoring run will have him on the radar of a lot of clubs going into the January window.

Rovers are in the best position they have been since relegation from the Premier League, Tony Mowbray has worked wonders at the helm to see the team win six and draw one in their last seven matches since a 7-0 thrashing at home to Fulham. The club have made significant losses in recent years and for that reason may be tempted to cash in on Brereton Diaz next month, which would likely hamper their chances of promotion significantly and leave a huge hole at the top of the pitch.

When asked how Blackburn should act on the situation, Jobi McAnuff exclusively told Football League World: “My first priority would be to keep him and to try and carry on the form that he’s been in this season. Because that could be the difference between them getting promoted or not. What may help them is that a lot of clubs won’t have the finances available to pay what Blackburn want at this stage.

“It is a tough, tough decision but clearly from a football point of view, Blackburn without Ben Brereton Diaz are a completely different team and certainly a less effective team, so with the start they’ve had they’ll be absolutely desperate to keep him.”

The likes of Tyrhys Dolan, Sam Gallagher and Reda Khadra have all had their moments in the attacking contingent at Ewood Park this season, but none are as crucial as Brereton Diaz. It has been great to see the first half of the season the Rovers have put together, but it will be a tale of what might have been if they go on to cash in on their assets come the turn of the year.

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Article title: Exclusive: Jobi McAnuff explains his stance on Blackburn Rovers’ Ben Brereton Diaz dilemma

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