There is no doubting the fact that Matheus Pereira has been the standout performer for West Brom this past season in the Championship.
The Brazilian has scored eight goals and delivered an unbelievable 16 assists, and was one of the driving forces behind Albion’s promotion charge.
It has been a great couple of years for the 24-year-old, first winning Bundesliga’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ award at Nuremberg, and now sealing promotion to the Premier League.
Pereira will now turn his loan move from Sporting CP into a permanent switch, having said his goodbyes to the Portuguese club recently.
It appears that the Baggies have secured a real talent with no competition, and journalist, Joseph Masi, could have shared the reason why.
“A reputation for being petulant prevented bigger clubs from looking at him,” he wrote for the Express and Star.
“Their loss, though, has been Albion’s gain with the samba star immediately settling into life in the West Midlands whilst also proving to be a model pro.
“There can surely be no greater honour and no greater insight into the effect he has had during his first season at The Hawthorns.”
The “bigger clubs” loss is definitely West Brom’s gain, with Pereira showing not even the slightest of petulance since his move to the Midlands.
A big factor behind that will be the man-management of Slaven Bilic, who simply wouldn’t allow any of his players to negatively affect the dressing room with such qualities.
Portuguese outlet, Record, has reported that the Baggies have a year to pay off the £8.5million transfer fee for Pereira – something which will certainly be considered a bargain after promotion to the Premier League was secured.