Leeds United with Chilean international striker

With injuries building up and frustration for fans. Though most of the summer signings are yet to justify their purchase, the arrival of some more players in January would be seen as a priority given how thin and injury-spread the team is at the moment.

Ben Brereton

One player who is being heavily linked with a move to Leeds is that of Ben Brereton-Diaz. The English-born striker has a Chilean family and enjoyed an impressive tournament for his new nation in the summer of 2021. As Churchofedge is saying it is no surprise that Leeds United fans want to see more signings in January.

Fine form before and after the tournament for Blackburn Rovers, too, has many fans interested in what happens next. However, it looks like the 22-year-old could be on the move as soon as January, with Rovers coach Tony Mowbray non-committal on keeping the player under the end of the year. Alongside Leeds, teams like Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion have also been linked with a move for the striker.

The player is out of contract in the summer of 2022, and thus could be seen as a bargain gamble pick-up in the winter window. A one-year option is believed to exist, though, meaning that Leeds might not be able to snap the player up for next to nothing.

Mowbray though, was not exactly positive when asked about the hopes of keeping the player beyond the summer at the latest.

What did Tony Mowbray say about Ben Brereton-Diaz leaving Blackburn?

In a typical press conference, Mowbray was asked what he thought about the chances of the Chilean international sticking around. However, the former Celtic manager told LancsLive: “If Brereton goes, the first question in my mind is how much of the money are we getting? Or are we not seeing any of it?

“I’d like to think we can give Ben a new contract because I believe the best way to leave the club would be if someone offers an amount of money that would just be stupid to turn down – and we could buy three £5m players on the back of it, and then give yourselves a real chance and expectation to get a promotion.”

So, the manager seems less intent on keeping the player around and more intent on getting a good sum of money in to rebuild his squad. Having promoted Rovers back to the second tier, Mowbray has done a fine job of stabilising the club and getting them back on a competitive footing. Selling the striker, though, could give him the funds needed to really add two or three Championship-level stars to his first eleven.

With 17 goals so far in just 20 starts in the league, it is clear that Brereton can cut it at the second-tier level. However, it will be interesting to see how he gets on if he does move up. With the Lancashire outfit sitting in the fourth spot on the table, they will look to secure a good deal in the January window as opposed to selling cheap.

It does, though, sound like one of the major targets for Leeds is going to be available.

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