Former Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion striker Kevin Phillips has backed Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa to “get the best” out of Blackburn Rovers attacker Ben Brereton, with the Elland Road outfit reportedly interested in the 22-year-old.
That’s according to Red Gol, who believe Bielsa is interested in bringing the Chile international to the Whites, swooping in unexpectedly with so much attention on Brereton’s teammate Adam Armstrong this summer.
Another outlet in BioBioChile have since rejected this possible move, saying this move is a non-starter – but there is still likely to be interest from other clubs this summer with Brereton’s impressive international performances – and Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray could be in for a nervous next few months with Armstrong’s linked exit too.
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With Leeds winger Raphinha linked with a move away from West Yorkshire in recent months, the possible addition of the Chilean could be an option to explore if his fellow South American moves on and it would mean the 22-year-old would have to jump up a tier to the Premier League.
This is a league he’s never competed in before, having spent the entirety of his senior career at Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers in the second tier – but former striker Kevin Phillips believes this would be a good move for Bielsa if he decides to pursue this potential target.
On the Blackburn forward, Phillips told Football Insider: “He’s a decent player.
“He scored for his country the other day at the Copa America. He’s a good technical player at a good age and he’ll score goals as well.
“Looking at a player like that, it depends how much you’d have to pay. But Bielsa gets the best out of his players and Brereton is certainly a big talent.
“I think he has been linked to other clubs as well so he could be a good addition.”
Usually, you would question a transfer like this due to Brereton’s understandable lack of top-flight experience. However, a manager like Marcelo Bielsa not only recruits the players he needs – but also vastly improves his existing squad and takes them to another level.
Although funds were made available for the Argentine, especially in their second Championship season, he also integrated younger players and completely changed the club’s ambitions in a matter of months. No longer were they a side in midtable – but a serious promotion challenger and one of the favourites.
Brereton would relish the chance of working under the 65-year-old at Elland Road – but with Rovers in contract talks with Brereton and resigned to losing Adam Armstrong in the summer, Tony Mowbray may be reluctant to let go of the winger this summer. And this could potentially put an end to any possible move for him.