Leeds United could finally get rid of Tyler Roberts by signing Blackburn Rovers star Ben Brereton Diaz.
According to Chilean publication Red Gol, Marcelo Bielsa was interested in signing the 22-year-old this summer, and reports in recent days and weeks have suggested that is still the case now ahead of the January transfer window.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT in recent days about the rumours surrounding the Chile international, journalist Pete O’Rourke has said: “The thing for Blackburn fans is, although he is out of contract at the end of the season, they do have an option on his contract. I’m sure they will take that up.
“So no need to panic for Blackburn Rovers. But you look at Blackburn, third in the Championship table and with Brereton Diaz scoring the goals, they could be going for promotion right now.
“So if they were to win promotion, it would only enhance their chances of keeping Brereton Diaz.”
Wales international Roberts has endured a nightmare start to the top-flight campaign thus far, scoring just once and providing only one assist for Leeds, and he has quite a dismal record of just nine goals in 103 games for the club.
Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has previously insisted that the Welshman hasn’t shown enough in the Premier League to convince Bielsa that he’s cut out for this level – he managed just one goal in 27 top-flight appearances last season, and even that came in the penultimate game against Southampton.
Abgonlahor said: “For me, he is not good enough for Leeds or Premier League level. He has some decent touches and gets in good positions, but his passing and decision-making keeps letting him down.
“It must be frustrating to watch for Leeds fans as moves keep breaking down when Roberts is on the ball. It’s shocking how often that happens. I don’t see him as the answer for Leeds, even though Marcelo Bielsa has a lot of faith in him.”
In Brereton Diaz, Leeds could sign someone who is similarly versatile to Roberts in that he can play through the middle on his own, out wide or just behind a central striker.
Dubbed a “wonderful talent” by his manager Tony Mowbray, the 22-year-old enjoyed his most prolific campaign to date in the Championship with Blackburn last term, bagging seven goals and providing five assists in 40 league games.
This season has seen him net a whopping 19 goals in just 23 league games, firing Rovers well into the hunt for an automatic promotion spot in the Championship.
While the Chile international seems to be on the up in terms of his career, Roberts appears to be on the decline, and it seems like the perfect time for the Whites to finally axe the Welshman.