Blackburn certainly have a tendency to produce some superb attacking players and it has been no different for them this year with Ben Brereton-Diaz.
After the loss of free-scoring Adam Armstrong, Rovers’ fans were likely questioning where the goals would come from when he departed. They didn’t have to wait long for an answer, with the new Chile international stepping up to the plate and filling in for him immediately.
In 30 starts last year, he produced only seven goals. It’s not a bad return but it prompted no suggestions that may be able to fill the boots of Armstrong.
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This year though he has thrived in the leading role and has already surpassed that total.
In just 16.2 lots of 90 minutes this campaign, he already has 13 goals. It is the best goal tally in his career as of yet and he looks like he is only going to get better and better.
He’s beginning to catch the eye now of teams across the leagues, so Blackburn may have to gear up for another battle not to lose a key striker.
So should Blackburn keep or sell him?
The obvious answer here is to keep him and anyone associated with the club will no doubt agree.
The striker has begun to flourish and is still only 22-years-old, so the potential is there for him to become arguably one of the best strikers in the country. He’s already one of the best in the Championship and given the chance in the Premier League, he has plenty of time to prove himself to be up to scratch in the top flight too.
Blackburn could likely find a suitable replacement – they know just what to do it seems in terms of locating solid strikers – but it would be another blow to lose their best forward so soon after losing Adam Armstrong.
If Blackburn want to be taken seriously as play-off contenders and try and push their way back into the Premier League, then they will need to keep hold of their prized assets. Brereton-Diaz is certainly one of them.
If he can fire Rovers into the top flight, then he won’t need to leave. He could get his chance in the big leagues with his current side and it would suit both parties too.
If the club want to challenge for the top six, then they’ll need to do whatever it takes to hold onto the Chile international – regardless of the money on offer.