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Aston Villa Keeping A Keen Eye On This West Brom Winger: Good Fit For The Villans?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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The Athletic has recently reported that Aston Villa are keeping a keen eye on West Bromwich Albion winger Matheus Pereira. It has been revealed that the Villans are among a number of Premier League sides hoping to secure the services of the Brazilian wide player but the Baggies are unwilling to let him go this summer as he still has over three years remaining on his contract (via The Athletic).

Pereira’s Decent Run Of Form In The Premier League

On a personal note, the 24-year-old is having a good season at the Hawthorns as he has managed to produce a series of productive displays in Premier League football. Pereira has made 29 appearances for the Baggies this term, netting nine goals and securing five assists across various competitions.

The Brazilian sensation has made an impact at both ends of the pitch after averaging 0.8 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 0.5 clearances, 1.8 shots, 1.8 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game in the English first division. He has even distributed possession relatively well, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 78.8% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Despite West Brom’s relegation concerns, Pereira has been their one shining light based on his match-winning contributions for them this season. Hence, the Villans should think about orchestrating a move to bring the South American talent to Villa Park before the start of the new campaign.

Aston Villa keeping a keen eye on West Brom's Pereira who is seen in the picture
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Will Pereira Be A Good Fit For Dean Smith?

Pereira has decent pace in his locker and can complete some exciting dribbles with the ball out on the wide areas. He has scored his fair share of goals for the Baggies this season and has also proven his worth as a good playmaker by picking up five assists for his team. Plus, the Brazilian sensation is not shy of working hard to help his teammates out at the back.

Therefore, the West Brom star would be an excellent fit for Dean Smith’s style of play at Villa Park as he ticks all the right boxes in terms of what the Villans need this summer. Pereira could find the option to play in the Premier League again next season too tempting to turn down. However, it won’t be easy for Smith to lure him away from a rival club unless he is willing to make a big-money offer for his services.

With all things considered, Aston Villa could be an ideal destination for the Brazilian wing wizard as he will enjoy playing football under Smith’s stewardship. At 24, Pereira could get even better once he hits his peak in the coming seasons, which makes him a good signing for the West Midlands giants in the long run.

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