Leeds: Ben Brereton-Diaz can be Rutter 2.0

Leeds United have enjoyed a fine start to the January window, although there is a feeling that more is to come.

Victor Orta has been working tirelessly to acquire the necessary talent to avoid another relegation battle, and in doing so fell upon Georginio Rutter as the man to unload a club record fee upon.

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The former Hoffenheim forward is seen as a striker who best fits Jesse Marsch’s philosophy, and has the growing room to become an integral figure in the dressing room. At 20 years old, his first aim should be to emulate the Patrick Bamford that was seen before his injury troubles began. 

The English striker scored 17 goals on the Whites’ return to the Premier League, assisting a further eight; however, he has since only managed 20 league games in the year and a half since – highlighting his unreliability.

Perhaps to alleviate the burden Rutter might feel should the 29-year-old’s fitness struggles continue, the Yorkshire outfit could opt to sign another marksman as a foil for the Frenchman.

That man could be Ben Brereton-Diaz, who has excelled for Blackburn Rovers for nearly two seasons in the Championship.

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It was noted earlier this week that, despite being in advanced talks with a move to Villarreal, there remained a possibility that Leeds could hijack the deal.

Having been valued at £30m upon the opening of the January window, the Chile international had also drawn interest from Premier League rivals Everton.

Should they now secure this deal too, it would represent the second time this month that Orta has snatched a transfer target from Kevin Thelwell, who reportedly had been in for Rutter in the past too.

Repeating this would be a masterclass, not to mention they would acquire a new proven goalscorer in England.

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The 23-year-old already boasts nine goals and four assists this season in the league, as the marksman looks to match his 22-goal tally from the campaign prior.

Such is his lethal nature, he was lauded as a “dangerous finisher” by Norwich City boss Dean Smith.

Not only would his arrival bolster their squad, but it would remove one of their relegation rivals’ options too. For a side as desperate for goals as the Toffees, it could be the catalyst that sends them down. Should Leeds stay up too, that definitely would represent a masterclass.