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West Bromwich Albion’s loan ace Matheus Pereira is ‘too good’ for the Championship according to former Express & Star reporter Matt Wilson.
The Baggies were in action on Sunday afternoon as they hosted playoff-hunting Swansea City, who were yet to lose on their travels.
Slaven Bilic’s men sent them back to Wales with an early Christmas gift – zero points and a healthy stuffing of five goals.
Albion were in the ascendancy throughout with Pereira acting as the conductor of the choir.
Semi Ajayi, Hal Robson-Kanu, Matty Phillips and Kyle Edwards all got on the scoresheet with the 23-year-old playing some part in each.
Wilson was in attendance at the Hawthorns for the very first time since leaving the media industry behind, and he was quite simply blown away by the Brazilian, he said:
Finally got round to going back to The Hawthorns today, and picked a pretty decent game to catch! Main conclusion: Matheus Pereira is too good for this division 🔥
— Matt Wilson (@mattianwilson) December 8, 2019
Pereira has somehow been the standout amongst this West Brom side. He has electrified their attack with 19 goal contributions in just 20 league matches – five goals scored, 14 assists, per Tranfermarkt.
That means the midfielder has played a part in 46% of Albion’s total goals in the Championship.
The Sporting Lisbon loanee is expected to make a permanent switch to the Hawthorns in January for around £9m after a cunning clause was involved in the deal on deadline day this summer.
Against Swansea on Sunday, he ran the show with one goal and three assists on top of eight key passes and more, via SofaScore.
If the Baggies do indeed gain promotion come the end of the season, then the move to sign Pereira will not only look like the bargain of the century but also one of the main reasons behind their return to the top flight.