Benjamin Anthony Brereton, better known as Ben Brereton, is a professional English football player. He was born on April 18th, 1999 in Stoke-on-Trent. Brereton has a reputation as one of the most talented English strikers with the potential to make his mark on the biggest stage.
The youngster started his career with the local club Stoke City when he was just a child. He was taught the basics of football at Stoke’s youth academy but he never played for the first team in his hometown.
When he was 16, he decided to move to Nottingham Forrest and try to get into the senior team there. However, he still had to spend two more years with the youth team before he made his debut with the first team in 2017. During his spell with Nottingham Forrest, Brereton played in 53 Championship games and scored 8 goals.
In 2018, the striker moved to Blackburn Rovers on loan, with the option to make the move permanent. After six months with the Rovers, he was signed permanently in January of 2019. Brereton is still with the club for which he made 39 appearances and scored 5 goals.
Brereton is still waiting for his debut in the senior team when it comes to international football. However, he did play for England’s youth teams and was rather successful. In 2017, he won the UEFA European Under-19 Championship and was one of the most important players of that side.
Considering the fact that he is still uncapped for England’s senior squad, Brereton might decide to represent Chile in the future. His father is English but his mother is from Chile and he can still choose to play for the South American nation.
Ben Brereton Transfers and Rumours
- 2015: Stoke City to Nottingham Forrest – Free Transfer
- 2018: Nottingham Forrest to Blackburn Rovers – £7 million
After his beginnings with the hometown club Stoke City, Brereton moved to Nottingham Forrest in 2015 to try and make his breakthrough into the first team. It didn’t take long for him to achieve this and he was a standard part of the first-team squad since he was 18 years old.
Playing in Championship at that age is a valuable experience and Brereton quickly became the centre of transfer gossip in the UK. He decided to move to Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2017 on a loan, but the move was made permanent as soon as 2018 came along. The fee paid for Brereton by Rovers remains undisclosed but it is believed to be somewhere in the region of £7 million, according to some transfer news.
Brereton had a tough time during his first two years at Blackburn. Although he started games in the beginning, he got out of favour with the manager in his second year. There were even rumours of him moving, with clubs like ADO Den Haag, Gillingham and Hearts being interested.
However, Brereton managed to get back into the starting lineup for Blackburn in the 2020-2021 season and if he continues his career in this manner, he will probably move to a much bigger club than those we mentioned before.