West Brom fans have taken to Twitter to demand that Slaven Bilic moves Matheus Pereira into a more central position from now on.
So far this season, the former West Ham boss has been playing the Brazilian attacker out wide. Transfermarkt shows that the 24-year-old has been deployed on the right on four occasions, and once out on the left.
Only once has Bilic played Pereira centrally, but after Monday’s 1-1 draw against Brighton, that is where some Baggies supporters think he should be playing.
The former Sporting Lisbon man – who West Brom signed for £9 million in the summer – played through the middle in the second-half at the Amex, and to good effect.
According to WhoScored, no player on the pitch had more shots than Pereira’s three, with one hitting the post.
WhoScored also shows that the Brazilian trickster was fouled on five occasions, which was also more than any other player on the pitch.
Defensively, he also got involved with two interceptions to his name, and his presence through the middle helped West Brom snatch a late equaliser through Karlan Grant.
Pereira definitely looked more effective in the centre, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed among the West Brom supporters on Twitter.
Let’s see what they’ve had to say…
It's not rocket science play pereira in the number 10 roll and we are so much better #wba— tomo (@tomoFoot) October 26, 2020
Pereira has to stay centrally next game, he's completely wasted wide right #WBA— Nigel Groves (@NigeMaria) October 26, 2020
Food for thought for Slav , pereira simply as to play as n.10 that’s we’re he affects the game he’s wasted on the right of the 3 , krov super in a deeper role , a word for Gallagher who even in a inept first half shone #wba— Jason Wheeler (@le_lebouf76) October 26, 2020
Can't start a match like that again. Think Slav needs to tinker the system. Maybe go two up top? Or try and get Pereira in the middle somehow, his passing quality is unharnessed in those tight wing positions #WBA— TalkWBA (@TalkWBA) October 26, 2020
Pereira has to play in the middle if we have any chance of staying up, he looks lost on the wing. Krov and Gallagher classy in midfield. Solid performance 2nd half. Grant the finisher we have needed for a while #WBA— Adam (@abaker2405) October 26, 2020
Pereira’s so much better playing in no.10 position. Gotta play there from now on imo #wba— Matty Gritton (@MattyGritton7) October 26, 2020