Leeds United could land an exciting summer signing in West Brom’s Matheus Pereira amid Jon Newsome’s transfer verdict.
The Daily Express claimed that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are one of the teams interested in signing the Baggies ace his summer, and that they are set to face significant competition from the likes of RB Leipzig and Leicester.
And now, Newsome has suggested that he could see the £17m-rated Pereira fit in well at Elland Road, and dropping into that number ten role just behind Patrick Bamford up front.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, he said: “I think one of the roles, I wouldn’t say they struggle with, but that 10, in behind Patrick Bamford, that No.10 role.
“Tyler Roberts has played it for predominantly most of the season and, although he’s had a decent season, he’s still not got off the mark in terms of scoring goals. I can see him (Pereira) dropping in there. That is an area that I think the club will be looking at.”
Hailed as a “genius” who “who has a technical ability that I have never seen before” by former Nurnberg coach Nate Weiss, the 25-year-old Pereira has been one of West Brom’s standout performers this season in the Premier League despite the Baggies’ relegation.
He’s scored 11 goals and provided a further six assists in the league alone, and has done his best in recent weeks to almost single-handedly drag West Brom away from the drop – his last eight games in the competition have seen him score six times and set up another three.
Another former Leeds man in Noel Whelan has backed Leeds to make a swoop for the winger, saying: “It is a mouth-watering prospect. We missed out on certain players last season, and this is a player that excites everybody. I would definitely take him all day long.
“He’s a fantastic player, he’s great on the ball, he can turn people inside out. Pereira’s another option we can use right across that front three and maybe in a number 10 role as well. He’s the right age and he’s the sort of player we should be looking at. Imagine, if you put him alongside Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison etc, that’s pretty formidable.”
It’s exactly why Victor Orta could help complete a “mouth-watering” attack for Bielsa’s Leeds by signing the 25-year-old. He could well be the final jigsaw piece to finish off the Whites manager’s dream attack as Whelan says.