From a boy born in Stoke in 1999 to being beloved in the streets of Santiago, Ben Brereton Diaz has had a meteoric rise in the past 12 months. We take a look at how the 22-year-old’s career has developed, how he’s having the season of his life for Blackburn Rovers and Chile, plus where the young star's career could go next.
Starting his youth career with spells at Manchester United and hometown club, Stoke City, it was the switch to the East Midlands and Nottingham Forest that kick-started his career.
Making his debut against Leeds United aged 17 for Forest, Brereton had a first successful half-season for the Nottingham outfit, contributing seven goal involvements in 18 games. Forest were reluctant to hold onto their new prospect, however, and after his first full season at the club, they sold him to Blackburn Rovers for £7m which now seems to be one of the worst deals Forest have made in recent years.
The manager who gave Brereton his debut, Gary Brazil, tweeted about his delight that Brereton was living up to his potential.“
So pleased to see @benbreo becoming the elite player we always believed he would become.”