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West Bromwich Albion literally show no signs of letting up.
Time and time again, they are made to wait. The teams below them all play; they lose their place on the Championship throne, the pressure ramps up.
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But if that isn’t enough to convince you, maybe their demolition of Swansea City – spearheaded by one player in particular – is.
The Welsh side were the only team to have not tasted defeat away from home before Albion swept five past them.
Matheus Pereira was the key protagonist to it all.
The Sporting Lisbon loanee is expected to clinch a permanent move to the Hawthorns in January for a total, loan fee included, of £9m – what a bargain that is turning out to be.
Per SofaScore, Pereira absolutely ran the show against the Swans. Aside from his one goal and three assists, the 23-year-old recorded 86% passing accuracy, eight key passes and had 75 touches of the ball.
It’s quite astonishing that a team in the second tier of English football has such a talented Brazilian in their ranks.
His total goal contribution for the season now rises to 19 (five scored by himself, 14 assisted) so it isn’t unreasonable to suggest that they already have a Premier League player on their hands.
And that is exactly why they appear destined to return there as the quality of football and players that Bilic has brought to the club makes it seem like this process is a mere formality until the end of the season.