Leeds United presenter Joe Wainman has been sharing his thoughts on the possibility of the Yorkshire club making a move to sign West Bromwich Albion attacker Matheus Pereira during the current summer transfer window.
This comes after Wainman recently uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel where he spoke about a range of topics concerning Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
He said: “If I was to swap Tyler Roberts with Matheus Pereira last season, the amount of positions that Roberts got into in terms of goalscoring opportunities and the potential to assist the play for a goal, if that’s Matheus Pereira, the outputs are a lot more.
“Okay, they might not be the pressing side of the game, I’m not too sure – others may tell me different – but I just look at that and think Pereira.
“I would take him all day long.”
West Brom originally signed Pereira on a loan deal back in August 2019 before they ultimately secured him on a permanent deal a year later for a fee of £7.43 million from Portuguese side Sporting.
Overall, the 25-year-old, who is currently valued at £13.5 million, has made 77 appearances for the Midlands club in which he has managed to score 20 goals and provide 26 assists in the process (per Transfermarkt).
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Given how the Brazilian ended the 2020/21 season as West Brom’s joint-highest-rated player with 11 goals and six assists and an overall rating of 6.96/10 alongside Okay Yokuslu according to WhoScored, it’s easy to see why Wainman thinks Leeds should try and sign the player this summer.
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In terms of Tyler Roberts, taking into account how the Welshman only managed to score one goal and provide two assists in the Premier League last season, it’s also understandable why Wainman thinks Pereira could be a better option than the current Leeds man.
However, with Roberts signing a new contract at Leeds last month, it seems as though the club have enough faith in him to continue at Elland Road, which could ultimately make a move for Pereira seem unnecessary, in our view – unless either player would be a happy with a less prominent role next season.