Chris Lepkowski is convinced that West Brom should cash in and sell influential playmaker Matheus Pereira this summer.
The 24-year-old has been one of the few bright sparks for Albion this season and his goal contributions far outweigh any of his teammates, with ten goals and five assists in the Premier League (Callum Robinson is closest, with six goals and zero assists).
But his efforts are likely to be in vain with Sam Allardyce’s side on the verge of relegation after Monday night’s Black Country derby draw with Wolves left them ten points off safety with just four games remaining.
Speaking on The Liquidator podcast [04/05/21] ex-Birmingham Mail journalist Lepkowski believes it’s time for Albion to move on from the Brazilian maestro he called “embarrassing” in March on his personal Twitter profile.
“If our two [with Sam Johnstone] biggest saleable assets have to move on then so be it,” he said.
“I think it’s imperative that if somebody offers good money, we move him on.
“Pereira is probably the guy we can make money on and if we can move him on for a good £25-30million and reinvest even two-thirds of that it should give us a really good platform for next season, and I wouldn’t be against that.
“If we don’t cash in on him now then I feel he may agitate to move and we may be stuck with a player whose value will keep diminishing because of his own contract, if we don’t cash in on him at the right strategic point.”
The way he’s performed in recent months it’s almost unthinkable to imagine this Albion side without his creative talents running the show.
It took him a while to get up to speed in the Premie League but he’s really started to make up for lost time.
That’s what makes the inevitable summer exit even tougher.
It’s expected because someone of his abilities won’t want to drop back down to the Championship after proving he can handle it on the biggest stage.
But we should be able to command a sizeable fee, and the £25-30milllion fee mooted by Lepkowski sounds about right to us.
That would enable us to strengthen the squad significantly and attempt to source his replacement, though that’s easier said than done given his considerable talents.
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