West Brom midfielder Matheus Pereira is ‘not committed’ to the club, according to newly-appointed Baggies boss Valerien Ismael.
Pereira has caught the eye with a number of strong performances for West Brom, since signing for the club back in 2019 from the Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.
The midfielder has been attracting interest from the likes of West Ham, Leeds United and Leicester City in recent months, as they look to strengthen their attacking options ahead of the new season.
West Brom boss Valerien Ismael has recently revealed that Pereira is ‘not committed’ to the club, which will be frustrating to hear for their supporters, with the new league campaign set to get underway on Friday against AFC Bournemouth.
“I have spoken with Matheus for a few weeks. He was clear he wants to leave. He is not committed to the Championship and not committed to us.
“I accept this decision but I have to take my decision and now we need to solve the situation.”
Pereira has certainly made a positive impact since signing for the Baggies, with the midfielder chipping in with eight goals and 20 assists in his first season with the club. That campaign was a memorable one, as the 25-year-old played a crucial role in their promotion-winning season.
But more importantly, Pereira has shown that he can perform to a more than good enough standard in the Premier League, as he scored 12 goals and was on hand to provide six assists in all competitions last term.
With an average Whoscored rating of 6.96 from the 2020/21 season with West Brom, it certainly makes for impressive reading for Pereira, whose future seems as though it’s away from The Hawthorns.
Former West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has previously singled out Pereira for praise, and felt as though he has the potential to go one and become a ‘world class player’ in future seasons.
“I have worked with some world class players in my time.
“I can’t say Matheus is world class but he certainly has the potential to be a top class Premier League player if he continues developing.”
West Brom need players that are going to be committed this term though, otherwise they may find it tough to win promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.
They’ve already got some good enough options in similar positions ahead of the new season, and although they might not quite be up to Pereira’s standards, the likes of Callum Robinson and Grady Diangana have already shown that they’re good enough in the Championship.
West Brom will be eager to have Pereira’s future resolved at the earliest of opportunities, as they won’t want to be having any distractions in their bid to win promotion into the top-flight this term. It’s a bold call to make for Ismael, but the club should be looking at getting Pereira out the door as soon as possible, as it’ll give them time to find a suitable replacement for him this summer.