West Bromwich Albion defender Semi Ajayi has described star man Matheus Pereira as a ‘joke’ and ‘the best player in the league’ as reported by the Birmingham Mail.

Albion hammered Swansea City 5-1 at the Hawthorns on Sunday in a match which Pereira dazzled with a simply sensational performance. The Brazilian notched a goal and provided four assists in a man of the match showing.

Ajayi has been a consistent performer in the centre of defence having struck up a flourishing partnership with Kyle Bartley and is delighted for Pereira.

“He’s a joke. It’s a joy to play with him, but I can imagine it’s even more of a joy to watch him,” Ajayi said. “Some of his passing against Swansea was unreal and long may it continue.”

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“Yeah, definitely best in the league. From the performances he has put in it’s hard to argue otherwise. We’re all really pleased for him.”

The towering centre-half also praised the rest of the team for their performances so far and expressed his delight at being part of a winning team.

“It’s a joy to be part of this team. Everyone is singing off the same hymn sheet and we have got a lot of talented players in the team.”

“I think everyone has got a really good understanding of what we want to do. It is a joy to play in this team, definitely.”

“It’s about keep the momentum going. We are taking things one game at a time. Our focus now switches to Wigan. We will prepare for that and try to implement the game plan the manager wants. Hopefully we can do that and get another win.”

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