Leeds United almost got relegated from the Premier League, last season- if not for a win on the last day. But they seem to have learnt from their past mistakes and have gone in signed 6 players already this summer. Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, Darko Gyabi, Marc Roca, Tyler Adams and Luis Sinisterra are the new players that the West Yorkshire club has acquired so far in the summer transfer market. But, by the imminent rumours, it seems as if Jesse Marsch wants more to this side.
As per the latest reports from Football Insider, Leeds United are showing interest in the Blackburn Rovers attacker, Ben Brereton Diaz as their scouts were spotted in the stands during the pre-season friendly between Accrington Stanley and Blackburn Rovers. Further, it was reported that the Peacocks “could vie” for the Chilean striker if they face any challenge in the near future- but it all depends if they require the services of a striker or not. The next few days will be key in this saga, and for Leeds to come to a decision as well.
Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers have allegedly priced their highly rated striker at around £20m, which in today’s market does not feel much. And also, given his stats from the last season, a 22-goal return in just 37 Championship game, make it look as if it is a bargain of sorts! But is it?
It has become a Premier League tradition to just rate the poachers, goal-getters, and the playmakers of the Championship. Rate to such a point that it becomes an overrating of sorts. The latest of all the examples was “the big fail of Aleksandr Mitrovic” in the 2020/21 Premier League season when all the pundits and fans alike just hyped the Serbian and claimed that “the striker would rip the Premier League defences” just on the basis of an amazing goal-scoring run in the Championship a year before that. But so much for “ripping the Premier League”, Mitrovic could not even help the Cottagers from the blemishes of relegation.
Similarly, in the 2019/20 season, Teemu Pukki was hyped in the season before that. And the traits and patterns will tell you that the fans never learn! It is all fine and sporting to appreciate certain feet, but within the said limits. In layman’s terms, appreciating Brereton Diaz is fine because he scored 22 goals in a single campaign. But, it is also too much to ask for if we go in and start calling him a “Premier League striker” already!
There is a reason why the Premier League is one of the topmost leagues in world football. However, with all the rumours and speculations, it seems as if Leeds United could be the club to make a move for the Chilean in the coming days, even though the Chilean AS outlet reported that there have been no advanced talks between the player with any of the clubs.
In the hindsight, Leeds could really benefit from the goal-scoring abilities that Ben Brereton Diaz possesses. Looking back at the last season, their lead striker- Patrick Bamford- was out for most of the games due to unforeseen injuries and illnesses. This was also a major reason why Leeds failed to keep up to their 2019/20 form, because the goals that were coming from Bamford were now dry and their game style did not allow for the rest of the players to score that many goals from any other positions.
This is where the role of someone like Brereton-Diaz comes into play, basically playing as the back-up to the talisman Patrick Bamford. And with the spending that Marsch and Leeds have done so far, it makes more sense to go for the Chilean as his bidding price could be up for bargain as well given he is in his final year of the contract.
Along with the goals galore, Ben Brereton Diaz could also bring the heading threat on the set-pieces, and an alluring pace on the breakaway/counter attacks- and by the looks of the new transfers it seems as if Leeds will be heavily relying on their pacy counters, from next season. So someone like the Rovers’ young Chilean striker, could come in handy at the Elland Road.