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West Brom can land an alternative to Matheus Pereira in Zain Westbrooke

According to TEAMtalk, West Bromwich Albion are one of several clubs chasing Coventry City hotshot Zain Westbrooke this month.

What’s the word?

It is believed that the attacking midfielder could be available for as little as £2m with Bristol City, Derby County and Nottingham Forest all keen on his signature too.

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The 23-year-old is out of contract in the summer having initially joined the Sky Blues on a free transfer from Brentford ‘B’ in the summer of 2018.

Westbrooke began his career in the highly-rated Chelsea academy before making the switch to the Bees aged just 15.

An alternative option?

The Baggies’ desire for another number ten doesn’t seem to be a pressing need right now with Matheus Pereira setting the Championship alight with five goals and 14 assists from 19 starts and Filip Krovinovic as his backup, but an addition in Westbrooke’s mould can offer a decent alternative.

Coventry boss Mark Robins labelled the goalscoring midfielder a ‘top player’ earlier in the season whilst also describing his ability in possession as ‘outstanding’ and his work-rate as ‘unbelievable,’ per an interview with CoventryLive.

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His numbers reinforce such views too.

The 5 foot 11 playmaker has scored four goals and provided four assists this season in all competitions, while also averaging 2.1 key passes and 1.1 tackles per game in League One, via WhoScored. He’s also dispossessed far less than Pereira, just 0.6 times per game to the Brazilian’s 1.9 times.

Westbrooke can give Slaven Bilic another viable option in the hole as Pereira may have to play wide if injuries continue to persist, and Krovinovic has struggled to impress when given an opportunity, contributing to just three goals in 21 appearances.

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His presence on the ball would be a stronger one than Pereira as the above statistics hint towards that and his passing numbers would suit the Croatian’s system too as he averages over 40 passes per game from attacking midfield.

At just £2m, this move would be low risk with the potential of it being high reward. Albion will need strength in depth to see past Leeds United in the run-in.

While in other news, the addition of this Championship prodigy could spell bad things for one of West Brom’s homegrown stars…

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