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Portuguese football journalist and creator of the website PortuGOAL, Tom Kundert, has talked up Matheus Pereira after his latest transfer update.
Last week, BirminghamLive revealed that the Brazilian midfielder had already agreed on personal terms ahead of a potential permanent move to the Hawthorns at the end of the season.
Albion can purchase the 23-year-old for £9m if the club gain promotion from the Championship this term or if Pereira makes a certain number of appearances – that figure also involves the loan fee they paid for him.
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The winger has been an influential member of Slaven Bilic’s squad so far this season after scoring two goals and providing four assists, per WhoScored.
In light of the news, Express & Star spoke to Kundert to find out more about Sporting Lisbon’s man, he said:
“He has frequently shown he has exceptional talent and having come to the club as a 12-year-old he does feel an affinity to it so it is mystifying why he has been constantly discarded.
“The upshot is most Sporting supporters and much of the press look at the departure of Matheus as evidence of the incompetence of the board, and not because of any shortfall on the part of the player
“An absolute steal for WBA and a senseless decision by SCP.”
Given the impact Pereira has already had in the west Midlands, these latest developments will surely please pretty much everyone at the club.
Whether they gain promotion or not, it’s clear to see he wants to be at the Baggies permanently, which will only help their cause in trying to meet Luke Dowling’s aim of reaching the promised land within the next two years.
The 5 foot 9 man has played in multiple top-flight leagues in his short career to date, meaning he could well be a good fit for the Premier League should the Baggies managed to get there.
Last season, Pereira spent time in the Bundesliga with FC Nurnberg while he has also featured in the Primeira Liga for both parent club Sporting and Chaves.
His spell in the Championship this campaign will only do him the world of good as he adjusts to life in England too.