Matheus Pereira failed to impress this weekend when he was handed a rare start under Sam Allardyce as West Brom lost to Blackpool.
Pereira scored a second-half penalty to tie up the scores at 2-2 but he couldn’t repeat this feat in the all-important penalty shootout as the Baggies were dumped out of the FA Cup.
The Brazilian started in an unfamiliar striking role as Allardyce named a much-changed side for the clash against the League One outfit.
He may have scored a vital goal from 12 yards but Pereira’s stats from Saturday afternoon’s game make for troublesome reading.
In this new role, Pereira managed to fire off six shots towards the Blackpool goal.
According to Wyscout, only three of these shots troubled Chris Maxwell in the Seasiders net.
You have to expect better than that from a player of Pereira’s quality and to not get 50% of your shots on target against a League One side is simply embarrassing.
Pereira achieved the same success with his crossing as, according to Wyscout, the Brazilian only managed to find someone in blue and white with half of his attempted deliveries.
The stats only get worse from here on in.
Only 33% of Pereira’s attempted dribbles were successful as he failed on multiple occasions to skip away from defenders who are used to playing against clubs like Accrington Stanley every week.
These stats would be poor in a Premier League game so it is almost unbelievable that Pereira performed this badly against a side from the third tier.
The Albion attacker performed especially badly in his offensive duels as he only won 22% of those particular battles at Bloomfield Road which suggests that he wasn’t contributing too much to stopping the Blackpool midfield advancing.
In fact, Pereira only won 23% of his total duels on Saturday which is even worse than the already poor average of winning 31.6% of duels that the Brazilian has been averaging per 90 minutes this season.
Overall, only 51% of Pereira’s total actions against Blackpool were successful which essentially means that half of what he attempted ended in failure.
Again, this would be poor against a Premier League side so it is completely unacceptable against League One opposition.
It seems as though Allardyce is not impressed with Pereira and after Saturday’s game, who can blame him?
If Pereira wants to start more games in the league he really needs to improve otherwise he looks set to sit on the bench for the remainder of the season.
In other West Brom news, Allardyce confirms he is targeting a deal for this Championship forward.