West Brom narrowly lost to Everton on Thursday and Matheus Pereira put in a performance to forget yet again.
Albion did well against a good side and were unfortunate not to grab a point.
We limited Everton to few opportunities, with Sam Allardyce suggesting their winner came from a half-chance.
Mbaye Diagne was also inches offside when he smashed home what he thought was a late equaliser in injury time.
While we were well organised and did not give much away defensively, the attack was insipid.
Diagne did what he could to hold the ball up but he lacked support and overall we suffered from a lack of creativity.
That is Pereira’s primary role in the team so questions must be asked.
The Brazilian has disappointed this season and is much less effective when playing on the wing.
Big Sam experimented by putting him there once he settled on a midfield three of Conor Gallagher, Okay Yokuslu and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
That is an effective trio and it is understandable that Allardyce forced Pereira out wide to get him into the side.
But it simply has not worked.
Against Everton Pereira conceded possession 24 times according to SofaScore – that is alarming.
No Baggies player gave the ball away more.
Pereira also failed to complete a single cross from his six attempts – poor Diagne must have felt very frustrated with that.
Combine that with zero key passes and just one successful dribble (SofaScore) and it is easy to see why we struggled to create anything, finishing the match with only three shots on target.
We have a crucial game next against Newcastle and we must be more of an attacking threat in that clash.
Allardyce has to bring Robert Snodgrass back into the side and Grady Diangana could also return, too.
Pereira grabbed 18 of his 28 goal contributions last season from attacking midfield, so if he is to play it should be in his more natural central role.
In other West Brom news, a Sky Sports pundit pinpoints midfielder as West Brom’s ‘star player’ during Everton defeat.