By Jack Cunningham

22nd Jul, 2021 | 6:51pm

West Brom allow Matheus Pereira to miss the club's friendlies

West Brom star Matheus Pereira will be allowed to miss the club’s friendlies as he seeks a move away from the Hawthorns, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The report states that the Baggies are “understood” to be “happy” to allow the 25-year-old to miss the club’s friendlies as he waits for a move away.

He has missed all of the club’s friendlies so far, and it really does appear as if the playmaker has played his last game for West Brom. However, with the Baggies looking for around £30m to sell Pereira, it will be interesting to see which club decides to make a move first [the Shropshire Star].

Is this a wise decision?

The new West Brom manager Valerien Ismael even admitted that he couldn’t see the 25-year-old staying, so what would be the point of playing him in any of these friendlies [Birmingham Mail]?

The aim of pre-season is to prepare your squad for the season ahead, so what would be the point of playing a player who is unlikely to be playing for West Brom anymore?

Then there is the risk of him picking up an injury. If that happened, West Brom wouldn’t be able to pick up the finances they are expecting to receive, and Pereira wouldn’t get his move away.

The Baggies could then be left with an extremely talented but unhappy player.

So, ultimately, this is a wise decision from the Baggies, and it is probably best for all parties if Pereira continues to miss the club’s friendlies.

We must now wait and see which club is going to come up with an offer that the Baggies deem acceptable, so they can collect their big fee and hopefully reinvest it back into the squad.

In other West Brom news, the Baggies are hoping to spark a bidding war for one of their players.

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