Name: Benjamin Anthony Brereton
Age: 18 April 1999 (age 19)
Professional appearances: 57
Professional Goals: 9
Professional Assists: 5
At 16 years old Ben left his home of Stoke to join Forest so that he could have a clearer pathway into first team football. After making his first professional appearance only in January of last year Ben is widely regarded as one of the best young strikers in England. After only scoring 5 goals last season his manager still talked about how he made a major impact on the team. Considering last season was only his first full season as a professional, this may be the reason for his lack of goals in a Forest team that struggle to achieve anything last year. Because of his blistering pace Brereton was often played out of position down the wings and rarely in the centre of the park.
This is the first professional transfer of Brereton's career so it is not clear how he may react to new teammates and new surroundings. And it is this uncertainty which has created a mixed reaction from both Rovers and Forest fans who both think it may have benefited their own side or been detrimental towards them.
Blackburn fans argue that we've got a real coup that 6 million nothing like what he will be worth in 3 years time. Some fans really think that under TM's guidance that this guy can become one of the best strikers on England hence why some fans are so happy. Others argue that 6 million is a far to weighty price-tag to put onto a 19 year old's head, especially a 19 year old who hasn't really had a season where he's been starting every game. 6 million for a striker whose only scored 9 goals? Bit risky but maybe just maybe a brilliant buy.
Meanwhile for Forest fans they are facing the same old story, the club selling off youth talent who haven't been given a proper chance. Some fans are devastated they believe that the club have given away a real talent an explosive player who can effect the game. Meanwhile some fans see this as a brilliant opportunity to cash in on a player who they think has been given a chance and hasn't taken it.
Maybe he didn't have the right people behind him at forest but for whatever reason everyone thinks Ben is going somewhere and lets hope they're right, because he is going to get his opportunity this season and if we want to succeed and if he wants to succeed he needs to start firing. We've already had a good start and now with an injection of pace up top along with Armstrong, Dack and Palmer. Things are starting to look pretty exciting, who'd have said that 3 years ago.