The 24-year-old has been a regular at The Hawthorns, but Steve Madeley of The Athletic wrote of how the “sullen-faced” Brazilian looked “miserable and dejected” following the FA Cup exit to Blackpool on Saturday.
Pereira initially joined Albion on a season-long loan in 2019/20 and had a hand in 28 goals in 43 games as the Baggies sealed promotion to the Premier League, but things have changed since. The Brazilian boasts just one goal and three assists in 13 league games this season and hasn’t scored in the top flight since September.
Madeley wrote that Pereira’s demeanour has changed since his permanent move to West Brom, calling him ‘quiet’ and ‘withdrawn’ in a stark contrast to how he was last season. [The Athletic]
The 24-year-old is also said to be frustrated with contract talks as his demands didn’t match that of the club when terms were finalised over the summer. His camp wanted more money that was previously offered after his form in 2019/20, but Albion’s return offer hasn’t been accepted.
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Madeley added that Pereira’s appearance in Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to Blackpool while Callum Robinson was rested suggests he is not indispensable under Sam Allardyce, who said of the 24-year-old’s decline in form that “he needs to do it quickly — much quicker than he did in the Championship”. [The Athletic]
Pereira has gone from hero to zero in a matter of months, which may raise questions as to whether he may pine for a move elsewhere if things don’t change quickly.