This past weekend, West Bromwich Albion were relegated from England’s top flight. The team lacked the quality to survive, and even despite Sam Allardyce turning them into a well-functioning team, they couldn’t make up the necessary ground to stay in the division. But if there was one shining light in the otherwise unremarkable season for the Baggies, it would have to be their star attacking midfielder – Matheus Pereira.
Under greater defensive stability with Sam Allardyce, Matheus Pereira found form and freedom to go on and strut his stuff in attack. The 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder has finished the season off in style to bring his current tally to 10 goals and 5 assists in 31 matches – nearly a goal contribution every other game. Having formerly been in the Bundesliga with FC Nürnberg on loan in 2018-19, the race to sign the wing wizard may be more tightly contested beyond just Premier League sides.
Reports in the German media today are indicating that Leipzig are also interested in signing the services of the Brazilian. With his flair and astute awareness of space in attack, Pereira would be an excellent addition for the Red Bulls. Versatility is a requirement within the Red Bull model, particularly Jesse Marsch’s principles of play seen at Salzburg. Pereira meanwhile has played four different positions for the Baggies this year, including both wings, attacking midfield and even one stellar game as the team’s centre forward.
Another attractive quality for the Red Bulls that should draw them toward Matheus Pereira is his natural inclination to attack down the middle of the pitch. Even when playing as a winger, the Brazilian likes to float around and occupy pockets of space that he sees fit in that specific moment. Often times, that leads him toward the centre of the pitch, where he’s quite adept at combining in tight areas, playing through-balls and shooting from distance. These are all attractive qualities for Leipzig, who often like to utilize layoffs, and attack down the middle of the pitch.
Further, from a defensive standpoint, Matheus Pereira is never afraid to put in a shift. He’s second to Conor Gallagher in number of pressures this season at West Brom, and has shown to have the necessarily discipline to track opposition fullbacks when deployed on the wing. He would need to up this side of his game to some degree under Jesse Marsch at Leipzig, but would certainly fit into the coach’s pressing mentality nonetheless.
All things considered, Matheus Pereira would be an excellent signing for RB Leipzig, and the club should do everything in their power to secure the signature of the Brazilian. If Leipzig want to contend for trophies again next year, this is the kind of marquee signing they need to make.