Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray gives Ben Brereton Diaz a candid assessment ahead of Chile duty

Tony Mowbray believes Ben Brereton Diaz “was not very good” in the first half of the Blackburn Rovers’ loss to Blackpool and believes the forward is still a young player with a lot to learn.

The 22-year-old started the season on fire for Rovers and scored his tenth goal of the season in the 2-1 loss to the Seasiders on Saturday at Bloomfield Road.

Shayne Lavery and Jerry Yates put Blackpool to two at the break, before Brereton Diaz cut the deficit in half early in the second half, but couldn’t stop Rovers from sliding to back-to-back defeats.

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The forward is now on international duty with Chile and Mowbray gave a candid assessment of the player’s performance in the loss to the Seasiders.

Mowbray reckoned that Brereton Diaz “was not very good” during the first 45 minutes at Bloomfield Road, explaining that the player was still young and had a lot to learn about the game.

But he is hopeful Brereton Diaz has a productive time with his national team, before coming back fit and healthy, ready to score more goals for Rovers when the championship season resumes.

“He didn’t make it in the first half, did he? Let’s be honest, he wasn’t very good in the first half,” exclaimed the Rovers boss. “So let’s not get carried away with this.

“Ben is still a young player who has a lot to learn, a lot to grow and he’s a fantastic human being with a growing mindset. He will learn and grow and I hope the goals keep coming for him.

“Hopefully he has a good time with Chile, let’s hope he gets back into shape and continues to score more goals.”

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