Is Brereton Díaz the answer for Leeds United after 20th league goal of the season?
Leeds United are in need of new recruits in the January transfer window to help them over the line as they fight to stay in the Premier League.
As Patrick Bamford struggles with another injury, Leeds are required to make reinforcements up top to add more goals to their game. Marcelo Bielsa’s men have only mustered 18 goals this season – the fourth worst in the division and lower than Newcastle United who languish in 19th.
Ben Brereton Díaz scored his 20th goal for Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday evening as Tony Mowbray’s side hunt for Premier League football next season and record their sixth win on the bounce.
So is now the time for Leeds United to stump up the cash to sign the impressive Chilean international? Most certainly.
Brereton Díaz is certainly not short of suitors in the Premier League. The former Nottingham Forest forward is two goals behind Aleksandar Mitrović in the English second tier and looks destined to make the step up to top-flight football in 2022.
But the question of whether that will be with Leeds, a different Premier League side or Blackburn themselves remains to be answered.
The Sun linked the recently converted Chilean striker with Elland Road earlier this month and the move could be the answer to Leeds fans’ prayers.
The Stoke-born attacker’s contract expires in the summer of 2022 and he is yet to finalise a new deal with the Lancashire hopefuls.
Now is the time for Leeds and former Chile boss Bielsa to outdo the competition and seal the deal.
Willingness to leave
Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray has outlined his belief that his centre-forward will remain at the club at least for the remainder of the season.
As quoted on LancsLive, the former PL boss said: “Ben’s situation is an interesting one. From a club perspective and my personal relationship with Ben, I think he would like to finish the job here.
“And yet I’m not his advisor. I’m fully aware that is someone comes in with an offer that is unbelievable, then I would advise the owners not to stand in his way.”
It has also been reported that Blackburn are in no rush to cash in on Brereton Díaz as they have an option to extend his deal by one year, as mentioned by The Lancashire Telegraph.
Brereton Díaz is certainly a dynamic and modern striker with the capability to fulfil more than one role. He has been used as the central attacker in a 4-3-3 earlier this season under Mowbray but has recently been fielded in a front two.
This shows his capability to switch between formations and roles with ease and gives us hope that he would seamlessly adapt to Bielsa’s 4-2-3-1.
The striker would also benefit from Bielsa’s fluid system in possession as he has worked in a fluid front three at Blackburn.
His ability to peel out wide and create chances for teammates, hang in the box or even make late runs make him a versatile striker who would be a perfect string to Leeds’ bow in a vital season for the Whites.
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