West Brom midfielder Matheus Pereira ranks in the top five of Premier League performers in one key area this season.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a return to form over the last two games, with three goals scored, though it seems he never lost his creative spark.
Pereira is still yet to hit the heights he showed last year when he made 16 assists, but so far this term he has created 28 chances for his teammates.
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He is unfortunate, therefore, to only have three assists to boast of.
The stat makes good reading for Albion fans though, as he ranks above rival Wolves players Adama Traore and Pedro Neto in terms of chances created per 90 minutes.
Pereira has also outclassed England international James Ward-Prowse and Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was signed for £45million in 2017.
It is important that Sam Allardyce allows his main creative outlet to continue producing in this area.
There have been positive signs in the last two games but Allardyce’s desire to improve the defence may hinder our attacking prowess.
To take full advantage Albion should sign a striker this month, and one who will be able to link up effectively with Pereira.
That will help to turn these chances created into goals, having scored a worrying 15 goals in 19 league games so far.
The Brazilian’s performance in this area is quite remarkable considering how we have struggled, particularly given his woes about the team’s underperformance.
It is possible that Big Sam has reignited his belief given what we have seen recently, and that could prove vital for our chances of survival.
As one of our key players Pereira has to step up and lead others by example.
If he manages that we should improve as a whole, and hopefully signings are brought in to help him and Big Sam.
In other West Brom news, the club are in talks over a loan deal for a striker that could include a £710,000 fee.