An update has emerged on Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton Diaz, regarding interest from Newcastle United…
According to Eurosport, the Magpies are reportedly interested in a deal to sign the Championship hotshot ahead of the January window.
The report claims Sevilla, Leeds, Brighton and Southampton are among the other clubs eyeing the attacker, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign.
Eddie Howe could get St. James’ Park rocking with a deal to sign the Chile international to bolster his attacking options in the next window.
The Magpies are currently rooted to the Premier League table and are without a win after 14 matches, the only side in the division yet to taste victory. This highlights the magnitude of the situation they find themselves in and is why big moves must be made in January to turn the tide.
In Diaz, Howe could find a player who is capable of exciting the crowd and improving their form in the top-flight in the second half of the campaign. He would also come with an interesting background and hype behind his name – having been capped by Chile after growing up in Stoke, with The Athletic dubbing him a ‘cultural phenomenon.’
Rovers boss Tony Mowbray once lauded his ‘extraordinary’ talent and highlighted his ability to beat players with the ball at his feet. He said:
“You saw what I saw today; Brereton with the ball at his feet is an extraordinary talent. He’s a wonderful footballer who can dribble with both feet, take people out of the game.
“He’s still a boy, and as I’ve just said to him in the dressing room, this is a working class town. These people earn their money and pay hard money to come and watch you play and they expect you to fight for every ball, put your head in for every ball and fight for every tackle.”
His statistics in the Championship match up to these quotes from Mowbray.
The beast has 17 goals and assists in 19 second division starts for Rovers, averaging a superb WhoScored rating of 7.20, mainly playing as a left forward. This suggests that he could have the potential to come up to the Premier League and make the grade, as he is currently producing outstanding performances in the league below.
Therefore, Newcastle could sign a talented, in-form, player with an intriguing background to improve their chances of staying in the division. St. James’ Park would surely be rocking to see such a promising forward step out onto the pitch for the Magpies next month, which is why Howe must get a deal done for him.