Leeds United could sign their new Harry Kewell in West Brom star Matheus Pereira.
Reports in recent days have suggested that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are one of a number of Premier League sides interested in signing the Brazilian, with the Baggies of course seeing their relegation from the top-flight confirmed at the weekend.
When Kewell burst onto the scene at Leeds, the fleet-footed winger was a real breath of fresh air, displaying a real sense of fearlessness.
FootballWhispers noted: “The Australian youngster immediately stood out in Leeds’ youth ranks, exuding a confident swagger that would go on to define his on-field demeanour. With his pace, flair and guile, the young winger looked a natural fit in the immaculate white of the three-time English champions.”
And that “pace, flair and guile” is exactly what Pereira has brought to the table this season with the Baggies in the Premier League, with ten goals and five assists in the competition.
After a particularly startling performance against Aston Villa earlier this season, BBC Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas was left raving about him after the game.
The pundit said: “He’s just silky. When he’s on it, he’s just got that lovely left-foot, (tucked) his penalty away, the delivery into the box for set-pieces was brilliant, and he wanted to showcase his skills.”
It’s no surprise that Baggies boss Sam Allardyce has gone on record to say that he’s a big fan of the Brazilian.
He said: “I wouldn’t say he’s up there right at the top as world-class, but he certainly has the potential to be a top-class Premier League player in his continued development at his young age.
“When he’s committed like he was tonight, when he works as hard as he did and when he shows the ability that he showed then he’s certainly a big difference and a big-game player, certainly for West Brom, and can be, moving along, with that quality of performance as he gets more mature.”
If the Whites are looking for a “silky” winger, one who could replicate some of the magic that Kewell produced at Elland Road in his pomp in the early 2000s, then they should look no further than the skilful £30k-a-week earning Pereira.