In our latest instalment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.
Back on a manic deadline day 2019 at the Hawthorns, Brazilian attacker, Matheus Pereira swapped the European side Sporting CP for the lesser-known West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan. After a slow start to the season, there were one or two doubts from some fans over the boy from Brazil.
Positive? Are you sure?
— Jake park (@jakepark5902) August 22, 2019
I must watch a different game every week to everybody else because I disagree with almost everything that’s said
— Liam Williams (@liamwilliams991) August 22, 2019
However, those doubts have been swept away after a barnstorming start to life with the Baggies in the second-tier of English football. In the most recent 4-2 win over Cardiff City, Pereira proved an influential figure, scoring one goal and assisting one (per WhoScored).
His impact on the creative side of things has been brilliant for Slaven Bilic’s side. Crucially, the 23-year-old has the most assists for the Midlands side this season. He has played 2.2 key passes per game in the Championship, the most in the entire squad, and has also been fouled the most times in the West Brom squad, showing the frightful nature of his dribbling (via WhoScored).
Bilic has been praising the impact of the player, commenting on the class he brings to his side. He said: “At the moment, Pereira is playing unbelievable football and we want it to stay like that. He’s one of those players making the difference.” (Source: Express and Star)
The £4.95m-rated (per Transfermarkt) man’s quality has seen him go from a struggling player into someone the Hawthorns faithful want to sign on a permanent deal at the end of the season (via HITC). Indeed, his quality has seen the club rise to the top of the league and could help them achieve promotion back to the Premier League.
West Brom fans, would you sign Pereira on a permanent deal come the end of his loan spell? Let us know your thoughts!
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