By Daniel Feliciano

24th Jul, 2022 | 4:58pm

Hannibal Mejbri could finally replace Matheus Pereira for West Brom if loan happens

When West Brom lost Matheus Pereira following their relegation to the Championship, it was obvious that the club would struggle to replace him.

After 20 goals and 26 assists in two seasons with the club, he moved on to pastures new for a huge financial payday in Saudi Arabia and it’s no surprise that the Baggies struggled in front of goal without him.

Steve Bruce has moved to address that problem by bringing in Jed Wallace and John Swift on free transfers this summer, while Daryl Dike is likely to be the man to lead the line after his £7m move in January saw him make just three appearances.

But reports on Saturday [July 23] from Sky Sports claim that West Brom are firmly in the race for Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri, who is set to leave Old Trafford on loan this summer.

The Tunisia international has been on the verge of the first-team for a little while now with the Premier League giants, but hasn’t broken through to gain regular minutes and a decision has been made for the 19-year-old to go elsewhere to gain that.

Capable of playing anywhere across the attacking lineup behind the striker, as well as slightly deeper in midfield and Bruce would quite like to add some flair to his team according to reports earlier in the window.

Mejbri would certainly bring that, but he’d also bring some real creativity and quality to the team as well as an energy and work rate that is needed to succeed in the Championship.

It could be the step needed to finally replace the Brazilian playmaker, and could be exactly what the team needs to be able to get back into the Premier League after a disappointing campaign last year.

He’s eager to prove a point that he’s ready for regular first-team football, has characteristics and attributes that nobody else in the squad has and is capable of taking a starting spot immediately in one of several positions.

It would be a great statement to the rest of the league to bring in a player of that calibre and reputation, and a message to the current squad members that their places aren’t safe.

Fans should be drooling at the prospect of bringing Hannibal into the squad and if the board have any such opportunity to make a deal happen, they should give everything to get it over the line.

In other West Brom news, Steve Bruce is confident of securing a striker on loan before the window shuts