Ben Brereton left Nottingham Forest for a reported fee of £7 million in January but has only scored once for his new club.
Brereton’s move to Blackburn looked like an ideal opportunity for him to get more regular first team football and develop his game.
The 20-year-old only made 57 appearances for the Reds before departing the City Ground. He burst onto the scene in the 2016/17 campaign as he made a promising start to his career. His winning goal against Aston Villa and his performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup will live long in the memory.
Blackburn didn’t waste any time in snapping the youngster up on an initial loan deal when the striker fell down the pecking order at the City Ground. Rovers then announced that a permanent deal had been agreed via the club’s official site in January.
But it’s fair to say that the striker’s progress has stalled significantly since arriving at Ewood Park.
Brereton has made 26 appearances in all competitions for Rovers so far, contributing with just one goal. He would’ve been hoping to turn his form around this season, but he was recently ruled out for eight weeks with a knee injury.
The 20-year-old sustained the injury in training and hasn’t featured for Rovers since 13 August. This means that he has only played 25 minutes of football in the Championship this season.
He’ll be disappointed to be missing tonight’s game as his former side Nottingham Forest arrive at Ewood Park. It would’ve provided him with the perfect opportunity to try and prove a few people wrong.
Mowbray admitted to the Lancashire Telegraph a few weeks ago that the striker’s injury was a blow.
He said: “There is only Ben Brereton who, post operation is going to be out for six to eight weeks.
“That’s a blow to us, and to him of course.”