Victor Orta could deliver another Raphinha-esque masterclass for Leeds United by signing West Brom star Matheus Pereira this summer.
And now, speaking exclusively to This is Futbol, David Norris has said: “If you’re scoring goals in a relegated team, when it’s hard enough to create chances, then you’re doing something right – £15m is nothing. We spoke about Leeds and their budget, but £15m for a player that scores goals in a struggling team makes sense.”
And in Pereira, Orta could do exactly that the same.
Hailed as a “genius” who “who has a technical ability that I have never seen before” by former Nurnberg coach Nate Weiss, Pereira enjoyed a superb campaign in the Premier League last season, netting 11 goals and provided a further six assists as he tried to rescue his Baggies side from relegation.
Former Leeds man Noel Whelan has already talked up the prospect of Pereira joining the likes of Raphinha at Elland Road previously, 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.”
In fact, Pereira’s average of two shots and 1.8 key passes per game in the Premier League last season was only a touch lower than Raphinha (2.2 and 2.1), while he was actually fouled significantly more times than his Brazilian counterpart (1.6 to one).
And, after a particularly fine performance earlier this year in the Premier League against Aston Villa, former England ace Jermain Jenas said of the 25-year-old: “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.”
Given the relatively cheap price the Whites could get him for, Orta could deliver another transfer masterclass with Pereira just like he did with Raphinha last summer.