Allardyce shares West Brom stance on Pereira and Johnstone amid interest
Sam Allardyce has spoken about the future of four West Brom players and offered an insight into the club’s financial situation.
Big Sam was strong in affirming the club’s stance on Matheus Pereira and Sam Johnstone, declaring that neither will be sold cheaply.
He clearly rates them both very highly, and the same can be said of his opinion of Okay Yokuslu and Mbaye Diagne.
Both are at West Brom on loan and Allardyce believes they only joined to play in the Premier League so they could show how good they are, and he suggests Albion will probably be unable to afford them next season.
As quoted by the Express and Star, he said, “The reason Okay and Mbaye came here is to show they can play in the Premier League.
“Why would you come to the Premier League, other than to make an impression, to say here I am, look at me. Come and get me.
“That would hopefully have been us had we stayed up. (But now) we couldn’t afford them. We have to go to Championship wages now so those players are very difficult to afford.”
Touching on Pereira and Johnstone’s situations, Allardyce added, “There are some cherries to pick but you won’t pick them cheap.
“There are a lot of them worth a lot of money. I have one of the best goalies in the Premier League for sure, without any question of a doubt.
“The emergence of Matheus Pereira is no shock to me.
“He has continued to try his very best to keep this club up. That goal against Arsenal, what does that tell you about him?
“But no cherry-picking, The club would only let them go if they get what they’re valued at.”
Allardyce’s comments are a bit worrying ahead of what is a crucial summer for the club.
We need to rebuild our midfield and strengthen a number of other positions in the squad but it appears we will be shopping with a limited budget.
That could prevent us signing top targets and could even put off Big Sam continuing his stay at The Hawthorns, as he will likely want to spend a lot to get us back up.
The only saving grace could be the sales of Pereira and Johnstone, as long as the income from their exits is put back into the budget.
We would be keen for them to stay but it seems we may be unable to make good quality signings without selling players first.
It is reassuring to hear they will not be sold on the cheap, and given the mounting interest there is a good likelihood of us getting good deals for the pair.
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