By Nick Ware

12th Oct, 2021 | 5:10pm

Everton urged to pursue Blackburn Rovers star Ben Brereton

Everton should be in pursuit of Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton, according to football recruitment analyst Tom Long.

Brereton, 22, has shone for the Championship outfit this season, scoring 10 goals in his first 11 appearances, one more than he managed during his first three campaigns at the club.

His call-up to the Chilean national team appears to have rejuvenated the Stoke-on-Trent born attacker who first rose to prominence as a teenager at Nottingham Forest.

He qualifies for the South American country via his Chilean-born mother, making his debut and scoring his first international goal during the summer’s Copa America tournament.

Brereton scored another goal for Chile on Monday [11/10/21], leading Everton fan and transfer guru Long, followed by journalists like The Athletic’s Patrick Boyland on his personal Twitter profile, to call on the Blues to sign him.

“Brereton been in outrageous form,” Long wrote.

“Blackburn contract up in summer. [Has] Premier League written all over him. Everton should be on the interest list.”

Whirlwhind year

Brereton has enjoyed quite the transformation in 2021.

Last year, he was being written off as an expensive Rovers flop after a measly total of goals following a big-money move from Forest in 2018.

However, he has burst into life this year, no doubt encouraged by his Chile call-up.

He is now considered a cult hero in the South American country as he bids to fire Chile to the World Cup in 2022.

Brereton’s contract at Blackburn is due to expire next summer, though the club are prepared to trigger the option they have to avoid losing him on a free transfer [Football League World].

Regardless, unless he signs a long-term extension, Brereton can surely be bought for a bargain fee.

Blackburn are not considered among the favourites for promotion to the Premier league this season, and thus they must be vulnerable to Premier League bids.

Everton may want to wait a little longer to see that he can sustain this form, but with the Blues in need of a young, explosive attacker, Brereton certainly fits the bill.

In other Everton news, Simon Jordan has hit back at Jim White in ‘disingenuous slobs’ remark after a broadcaster’s Farhad Moshiri suggestion.

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