Former Blackburn Rovers defender Mick Rathbone has told the Lancashire Telegraph that young striker Ben Brereton has got the potential to be a “£30m or £40m” platyer in the future.
England youth international Ben Brereton joined Blackburn Rovers from Nottingham Forest in the summer transfer window for £7m, and former player Mick Rathbone believes that the best is yet to come from the 19-year-old.
After spending time with Brereton as a physiotherapist in the England Under-19 set up, Rathbone believes that at full potential, the striker could be a high quality player in years to come.
“I know the jury is out in inverted commas in these early days, but trust me, this is a great investment,” Rathbone told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“Please remember, he’s only 19 and he will get better.
“The way football is now, if Ben plays to his potential then he could be worth £30m or £40m. He’s a great signing but give him time, he’s only young.
“I thought it was a really interesting buy,” Rathbone continued.
“I worked with Ben quite a lot.
“When I was with England Under-19s we had a really difficult qualifying game against Spain and this guy, who was only 17 but looked 30, he came to play for us and we beat them 3-0 and he was unplayable. I had never seen anything like it.
“Winning the Euros is ever so difficult to do, so winning that (tournament) was incredible.
“Ben was amazing and then I worked with at Forest and he really has got great potential.”