Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton Diaz is a player whose future should be the subject of much speculation in the January transfer window.
It is a remarkable rise for the 22-year-old in the second half of this year, becoming an international superstar with Chile under the most unlikely of circumstances.
At club level, the striker has already scored 20 goals in just 24 league appearances this season, his last goal in Blackburn’s 2-1 win over Barnsley on Wednesday, putting his side one point behind league leaders Bournemouth.
It’s no surprise, then, that many clubs have recently been linked with Brereton Diaz moves as they look to ramp up their own firepower next month.
But what would be the best move for the 22-year-old over the next month?
Here, we took a look at some of the career options that might be available for Brereton Diaz in January, based on the ties that have emerged with the forward.
One of those linked with Brereton Diaz ahead of the start of the year is Leeds United.
The Whites need a striker next month, with Patrick Bamford’s injuries leaving them short of an attacking threat so far this season, which means it could be an opportunity for the Chile international at Elland Road.
But with Marcelo Bielsa’s side currently embroiled in a Premier League relegation battle, there is a risk for Brereton Diaz that a move to Yorkshire will only give him a few months to prove himself in the top flight.
A club in a similar position to Leeds which has also been linked with Brereton Diaz, is Newcastle United.
After their recent takeover, the Magpies should have the funds to pay the striker, and Callum Wilson’s recent injury means they need more options, which means there could be chances as well. for Brereton Diaz at St James’.
But with Newcastle currently even lower in the Premier League table than Leeds, it’s also a move that carries the risk of a brief stint in the top flight to start.
Another Premier League option could come in the form of Brighton, who are also said to be interested, and who appear to be firmly on the sidelines of the relegation battle this season.
You think the fluid style of play that Graham Potter employs at AMEX might also suit Brereton Diaz, who might have the chance to learn a lot about the club ahead of a possible transfer, with Reda Khadra and Jan Paul van Hecke currently being loaned to Blackburn from Brighton.
However, with Neal Maupay, Danny Welbeck and Leandro Trossard in the books, breaking through the starting lineup may not be as easy for Brereton Diaz on the South Coast as it would be elsewhere.
Stay in Blackburn?
There is of course always the possibility that Brereton Diaz will stay where he is at Blackburn beyond the January transfer window.
With Rovers having the option to extend the 22-year-old’s contract until the end of next season, they can be sure they still have the option of receiving fees for him if needed, even in the summer market.
Remaining at Ewood Park, Brereton Diaz would remain in a squad of players he clearly has a strong bond with, and where he knows he is the undisputed number one of a team pushing for a remarkable promotion back to the Premier League. , a situation that would surely have an attraction for the Chilean international.