Ex-Wolves striker Steve Bull is unsure about whether Matheus Pereira will stay at West Brom if they are relegated to the Championship.
Last month, Brazilian news outlet UOL reported the Baggies are ready to cash in on the 24-year-old in the summer transfer window with a price tag of around £17million slapped on his head.
Pereira scored two goals and supplied two assists in Albion’s 5-2 win over Chelsea last weekend with the Brazilian being directly involved in 48 per cent of the Black Country club’s Premier League goals this season [transfermarkt].
Former Wolves striker Bull is unsure of what the future might hold for Pereira and admits that he could be on the move.
However, Bull believes West Brom will at least be doing their bid to keep hold of the former Sporting CP ace.
“I don’t know what will happen because it’s one of those where you don’t know his contractual situation either,” Bull told FootballFanCast.
“I’m not sure whether Pereira will stop there but I think West Brom have put faith in him this year so he should stick with them next year and help get them straight back out of the Championship.”
Contract talk goes quiet
Earlier this season, there was a fair bit of talk about Pereira getting a new contract at The Hawthorns.
The Mirror reported at one point in January that a new £45,000-a-week deal had been offered to the Brazilian maestro, who is Albion’s top goalscorer this term.
However, it’s all gone a bit quiet since then, which means that there’s likely been a hold up somewhere in negotiations.
Whether that’s West Brom backing out so they don’t have to give someone a big pay rise with relegation on the horizon or whether Pereira refuses to commit his future to The Hawthorns when he’s proven he can be a Premier League-quality player.
Pereira has blown hot and cold this season, there’s no debate about that.
He’s scored eight goals and supplied five assists in 27 league and cup appearances but there have been games where the South American has gone completely quiet when we’ve needed him to step up.
While it’s great that he’s shown he can pull the strings in big games like those against Chelsea and Wolves (we were always going to mention it, Bully), he needs to do it more consistently.
If he had been more consistent this season, maybe the Baggies wouldn’t be staring relegation in the face with eight games to play.
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