Thierry Henry told Monday Night Football on Sky Sports that he cannot see reported Aston Villa target, Matheus Pereira, staying at West Brom beyond this season.
The Premier League Hall of Famer stated that he likes the ‘skilful’ West Brom playmaker ‘a lot’ but thinks ‘a lot of teams’ will try to sign him this summer.
The Athletic have already claimed that Villa could pounce for the Championship-bound player in the summer after being impressed by his talents during West Brom’s 2-2 draw in B6 recently.
Whilst West Brom have produced miracles before, it does seem as though they are heading for relegation this time around and a first for Sam Allardyce during his managerial career.
And given that they’ll be taking a player of Pereira’s qualities with them, they’ll find it pretty difficult keeping hold of him and it’s something that Henry agrees with.
“Every time they did something this season, it was often because he played well,” said Henry. “I like him a lot.
“But sorry to say Baggies fans but I don’t think he will be there next year. I think a lot of teams will come to try and get him.
“I like him on the ball. He has an eye for a pass. Skilful and he can score goals, so everything goes through him and I like him a lot.”
Villa have Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley as their star creators in the team, but given the latter will return to Chelsea in the summer, another option will be needed next season.
In truth, Barkley’s loan spell hasn’t worked out and it will be surprising if Villa go down the loan route again, or even try to bring him back.
But given Pereira’s ability to play across the forward areas, the ability to produce that magic, carry the ball from deep and score some wonder goals then Villa would be daft not to try and secure his services once the season is up.