West Brom attacker Matheus Pereira would be a perfect addition for Leeds United this summer, according to former England international Kevin Phillips.
The Lowdown: Pereira shines for West Brom
The Baggies may have suffered relegation back to the Championship, but the Brazilian playmaker stood out for them throughout the season. The 25-year-old scored 11 goals and registered six assists in the league – an impressive tally, considering his team’s struggles – and he caught the eye with his overall quality.
Leeds have been linked with a move for Pereira this summer, although nothing too concrete has materialised as of yet.
The Latest: Pundit keen on Leeds signing Baggies star
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips talked up the idea of the Whites signing the West Brom playmaker, claiming he would be a perfect fit for Marcelo Bielsa’s team as he said:
“I think it would suit their style. Leeds are an exciting, free-flowing team, you can express yourself in that side.
“We’ve seen that with players like Raphinha and Jack Harrison this year, that they can just go and play with freedom, but you have to be prepared to work your socks off and that’s something Pereira would have to take to another level.
“But it’s no surprise that a player like that, of that mould and ilk, is being linked with Leeds.”
The Verdict: Exciting addition
Pereira has the potential to be a great signing for Leeds, should their interest be genuine. His aforementioned end product speaks for itself and he would bring another level of guile to a Whites team who scored abundantly in 2020/21, smashing in 62 Premier League goals.
Not only that, he also averaged 0.8 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game in the league this season, showing that he is also effective off the ball, which would no doubt appeal to the demanding Bielsa.
Pereira’s ideal blend of creativity and industry should indeed make him a good fit for Leeds, as Phillips has suggested.
In other news, Leeds have been linked with a move for a relegated Premier League player this summer. Find out who it is here.
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