Chris Brunt has revealed that West Brom loanee Matheus Pereira made an instant impression at the club by putting in an eye-opening display on his first day of training.
The Brazilian enjoyed a hugely successful debut campaign in England, registering 20 assists and eight goals in 42 Championship matches.
And Brunt has admitted that he hit the ground running at The Hawthorns by making a mockery of the veteran Albion man.
As quoted by The Athletic, he said: “He flicked a ball over my head on the first day in training and I thought, ‘You better not do that again’,.
“He and Grady Diangana trained the first couple of days together and we’ve all seen how good Grady can be as well.
“It was an eye-opener, seeing how good they were in little games in training. Then it turned out they were that good on the pitch as well.
“You see a lot of lads over the years who are good in training, then they get in front of a packed stadium and don’t have the same effect. That wasn’t the case with them.”
What can you say about Pereira that hasn’t already been said?
The playmaker has been irresistible at times this season, and his constant creativity has made him a major problem for just about everybody he has come against – teammates included by the sounds of Brunt’s anecdote.
As early as November, Ian Holloway marked out the Sporting Lisbon man as “one of the best players” he had ever seen in the Championship, and you could probably argue that Pereira has only gone from strength to strength since then.
His permanent transfer to The Hawthorns should be officially wrapped up sooner rather than later, and we can’t wait to see how he gets on in the Premier League next term.