Ben Brereton vs Cardiff City -the stats

Blackburn Rovers thrashed Cardiff City at home on Saturday in the EFL Championship with a scoreline of 5-1 and Ben Brereton-Diaz was the hero of the match scoring a hattrick.

We look at his stats report from the match.

The 22-year-old Chilean has already scored seven goals and provided one assist in this season averaging a goal every 180 minutes. But his performance on Saturday was that of a proper old-school number 9 in the box.

Ben Brereton vs Cardiff City -the stats

He has played in a lot of areas on the pitch mostly near the left-wing when in attack and near the left side of midfield while defending. He even dropped in his own half sometimes to help out in defence and carry the ball forward. Brereton-Diaz drifted towards the right as well which made him very hard to mark for the opposition players but he was the best inside the box.

Ben Brereton vs Cardiff City -the stats

Brereton-Diaz took a total of six shots in the game. Five of them were inside the box and one from outside. Most of his shots were taken on the left side of the pitch and one was from the right side of the box. He kept five of his shots on target and was extremely accurate in front of the goal. Two of his shots were saved, while he scored twice from the left of the box before slotting home a penalty in the 90th minute to complete the hattrick.

Ben Brereton vs Cardiff City -the stats

He received more than 90% of his passes near the left flank while he was hugging the touchline. He tried to make the most runs into the box from the left side hence. The Chilean’s majority of pass receive locations were in the opposition half where he also got the ball a couple of times trying to drift in on the right.

Ben Brereton vs Cardiff City -the stats

The maximum of his played passes are near the left-wing from where he has tried to deliver crosses into the box as well with xT as high as 0.900. Brereton played a lot of through balls from the centre of the attacking third and also played long balls over the top to change the direction of attack.

Brereton has had a great start to this season with seven goals in nine games but his performance against Cardiff was certainly the best so far. His link-up plays, runs into the box and finishing were inch-perfect and he never seemed to step a foot wrong on the pitch. A dream number nine performance is what Rovers fans witnessed at Ewood Park this weekend, he will play a very crucial role if Blackburn dream of finishing in the top 6 of the table.