Leeds United are discussing Blackburn Rovers’ Chilean sensation Ben Brereton-Diaz as a potential new striking option as this summer’s transfer window nears.
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That’s according to Simon Jones, who writes in the Daily Mail that Leeds United are looking to add a striker and a midfielder to their ranks, as well as possessing a strong interest in RB Salzburg full-back Rasmus Kristensen.
Brereton-Diaz is just among a list of names but clearly jumps out as the primary target in this report.
Several clubs are interested in the Championship starlet, with Wolves, newly promoted Nottingham Forest, and West ham all cited as having shown interest.
Marsch needs another striker
Leeds have been atrocious at the back this season, which could be blamed for their narrow escape from relegation on the final day. However, since regaining top-flight status in 2020 the Whites have never really seen defence as a point of primary interest.
This philosophy, therefore, made the injury to Patrick Bamford, who scored 17 league goals last season, all the more devastating. With the main goalscorer gone, the burden fell upon Raphinha, who now looks set to depart this summer. Leeds desperately needs another man who can put the ball in the back of the net, and there are now countless examples of how dipping into the Championship for talent can provide extremely fruitful.
Brereton-Diaz has enjoyed somewhat of a breakout season this year, bagging 22 league goals on his way to being nominated for Championship player of the season. Former Premier League defender Michael Dawson claimed that the Chile international was the “best player in the Championship” recently.
The £14.4m-rated sharpshooter possesses many similarities to Bamford, and with the English striker hoping to be fit for the coming season, the signing of Brereton-Diaz and a tweak to the tactics could even see the two form a formidable strike partnership rather than battle for one spot.
“Brereton with the ball at his feet is an extraordinary talent,” his former boss Tony Mowbray once told reporters (via LancsLive). “He’s a wonderful footballer who can dribble with both feet, take people out of the game.”
Leeds ranked 16th for most goals scored this season, and partnered with their abysmal defensive record, only outdone by rock-bottom Norwich, it suggests that Leeds need to become less reliant on Bamford’s goals due to his injury worries.
Jarrod Bowen, Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze and Adam Armstrong are all names which instantly come to mind when thinking of players who have recently made the jump from the Championship to the Premier League with relative success. There’s no reason why Leeds can’t do the same with this charismatic attacker with bags of potential.
In other news, Leeds’ youth setup has produced a talent pushing for a first-team spot. Find out who here.