In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former West Brom midfielder Carlton Palmer has warned his old club that they will lose Matheus Pereira if they go down at the end of the season.
West Brom’s survival hopes are hanging by a thread in what has been a disappointing Premier League campaign for the Baggies.
However, one positive has undoubtedly been 24-year-old attacker Matheus Pereira, who starred in the stunning 5-2 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.
Pereira managed to grab himself two goals and two assists on the day, and Palmer is certain the Brazilian is one player that West Brom will struggle to keep hold of should they get relegated.
When asked about Pereira’s future at the Hawthorns, the retired England international told FFC:
“I’m sure there’s clauses put in because they brought players, a lot of players, in in a short space of time. So I’m sure there’s clauses, release clauses, for players that they can leave or clauses that they would have to take a drop in salary if they went down.”
Palmer finished off by saying:
“Top players who are international players, they’re going to want to play in the Premier League or in a top league somewhere. They’re not going to want to play in the Championship, so the better players, I’m sure West Brom will lose.”
On top of Pereira, West Brom could be at risk of losing goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. According to ESPN, Tottenham have identified the 28-year-old as a target amid concerns surrounding their current No.1 Hugo Lloris.