After West Brom’s comfortable 5-1 win over Swansea City, Baggies boss Slaven Bilic moved to heap praise on loan star Matheus Pereira, after he produced another influential performance at The Hawthorns.
Matheus Pereira has been a big hit since arriving at West Brom on loan in the summer transfer window, and he produced another fine performance on Sunday afternoon. He played a pivotal role in the 5-1 win over Swansea City as they returned to the summit of the table.
Speaking in his press conference after the game (quotes via Birmingham Live), manager Slaven Bilic was asked where the Brazilian ranks alongside some of the players he has previously managed, praising Pereira for his work on and off the ball. He said:
“Everybody likes players who are good on the ball, nobody minds it. I like it. Is it a young Modric in Croatia, is it Lanzini, is it Payet? Me and my staff like it, I think everybody likes it.
“There is always enough room for those players on the pitch who are good on the ball, on one condition – they work hard.
“Of course, Pereira’s forte is on the ball, but how many balls did he take today? Or the last game? Or the game against Charlton where he basically played two positions when we had ten men. He’s also working, not just on the ball, he’s working real hard. That’s the key if you are to be good and physical in defence. On the ball, we knew what he can do.
“To get Pereira into situations where he can turn and release those balls or strike, you need players to invite the players on you to release pockets for him – like Jake or Romaine, and the full-backs.”