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Player Analysis: Matheus Pereira

Matheus Pereira – Who Is He? 

  • Name – Matheus Pereira 
  • Age – 5/5/1996 (24 years old) 
  • Rookie Season / Team – 2014 / Sporting CP B
  • Nationality – Brazil
  • International Caps (Goals) – N/A
  • Position – Attacking Midfielder / Right Winger 
  • Current Team / League – West Bromwich Albion / English Premier League 

Career Overview 

Matheus Pereira was born in Brazil but moved to Portugal when he was still young. He joined Sporting CP’s youth academy when he was 14 and made his professional debut when still considered a ‘junior’. His first competitive goal came in March 2015, as Sporting recorded a 4-3 home win against C.D. Tondela.

Jorge Jesus called Pereira up to the senior squad the next season and he made his debut in a 1-1 draw against Beşiktaş J.K. in the Europa League, where he registered an assist. At the end of the month, he scored his first senior goals in a 5-1 victory over KF Skënderbeu. Pereira bounced between the senior and second team throughout the season and was loaned to G.D. Chaves, also in the Primeira Liga for the 2017/18 season. Whilst there, he scored seven goals and provided five assists as G.D. Chaves finished in sixth place. 

The 2018/19 season saw Pereira loaned to Nuremberg in the Bundesliga, although he failed to make an impact, scoring just three goals all season as Nuremberg were relegated. Pereira was then loaned to Championship club West Bromwich Albion to aid their quest for promotion back to the Premier League. 

His 2019/20 season was remarkably impressive as West Brom finished second and thus gained automatic promotion. He scored eight goals for the Baggies and finished the season top of the assist charts with 20 (or 16, depending on your sources). In June, Pereira met the required number of appearances to trigger a buy-out clause that made his loan move permanent. He finished the season by winning the Supporters’ Player of the Season, taking 65% of the overall votes. 

Matheus Pereira’s Season So Far 

Well, it could be going better. If you follow the EPL, you already know about West Broms’ struggles, having sacked Slaven Bilic and replaced him with Big Sam, who’s never been relegated as a manager. Despite this change of personnel, West Brom are still 19th in the league, and have lost three of their last five games, with a rare victory over Wolves in the middle and a draw with also-struggling Fulham at the weekend. 

But what about Pereira? He started well enough as he adapted to the league. Even with two losses in their first three games, Pereira still scored once and assisted two. After that, though, the goals dried up, and it took him until the 1-1 draw with Liverpool (Big Sam’s first game in charge) to register another assist. 

For goals, he did not score until the victory over Wolves, grabbing two in that match, before following it up with a goal in the 2-1 loss to West Ham United. This past gameweek, he scored West Brom’s second in the 1-1 draw against Fulham. He also scored West Brom’s second in the FA Cup game against Blackpool in early January, but then missed the final penalty in the shootout that knocked the Baggies out in the Third Round. 

How Do Pereira’s Stats Look?

On the surface, Pereira has some impressive stats that make you wonder why he’s yet to really make a success of himself for a larger club. Throughout his career, he has scored 47 goals and assisted 47 in 179 appearances. This gives him an average of 0.52 goal contributions per game, which is certainly impressive, even if not world class in the same vein as Kevin De Bruyne

However, you need to consider the level he was playing at. His most prolific seasons have come in the second tier of the respective countries. For Sporting CP B, he netted 17 goals and provided 13 assists in 41 games in the Liga Portugal 2. Likewise, his 20 assists and 8 goals for West Brom came in the Championship. 

It’s the top tier that Pereira needs to improve. Although, looking at this season, he has only slightly underperformed from his career average. In 17 league appearances, he has scored 5 (including 2 penalties) and assisted 3. As West Brom have only scored 17 this season, Pereira has had a hand in half of them. 

Why Has His Value Increased? 

Matheus Pereira doesn’t have the luxury of playing for top teams like Mason Mount or Bukayo Saka. However, this shouldn’t mean his card value is something to ignore. While West Brom are not performing this season, Pereira demonstrated his quality in the Championship, and it is never recommended to have such a short memory in soccer. 

  • Recent move to England has increased his exposure 
  • Helped West Bromwich Albion achieve promotion back to the Premier League with 8 goals and 20 assists 
  • Expected to be the creative spark in a struggling West Brom side
  • Increased interest in soccer cards 

Matheus Pereira – Predictions for the Future 

There is still a lot of soccer to play this season, but with West Brom’s current situation, they will struggle to stay up as they are currently 7 points adrift of safety. Their form, combined with managerial choices, could all affect Pereira in the future. 

  • Consistency: West Brom has been consistent so far, but for all the wrong reasons. As a creative player, their setup has made it difficult for Pereira to find and maintain consistency. 
  • Form: Like his team, Pereira has struggled for form this season. Although he started the season with three contributions in three games (1G, 2A), he didn’t get on the scoresheet again until 16th January with 2 goals against Wolves
  • Club Form: West Brom are currently 19th in the Premier League with just two wins from 20. Slaven Bilic has gone, and Sam Allardyce has taken charge. While Big Sam could improve the results and help them survive relegation, it could come at the expense of Pereira’s creativity.
  • Honors: Pereira has come close to collective and personal honors in the past, but is yet to win anything. These include nomination for Bundesliga Rookie of the Season and finishing second in the Championship last season that saw West Brom promoted to the Premier League
  • International Performance: With the wealth of attacking talent in the Brazilian national team, Pereira has a lot of work to get into the team, and this risks him failing to make it as big as many would hope. 

Summary 

Playing for West Bromwich Albion could hinder Pereira’s performances, although he has hardly been a shining light for them. There have been a few sparks here and there, but nothing consistent enough to interest the big teams and convince them to make a move for him in the summer. If Big Sam turns their fortunes around, expect that Pereira will have a hand in helping them escape trouble.

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