The 0.5%-owned midfielder outscoring Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes this month
There’s no shame in admitting Matheus Pereia (£2.3m) has slipped under your radar.
West Brom’s playmaker-in-chief currently features in just 0.5% of all Dream Teams – which probably accounts for every season ticket holder at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies have exhibited some admirable spirit in recent weeks but their upturn in form has almost certainly come too late to save them from the drop.
Which is why the efforts of Pereira may have escaped the more casual onlooker.
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But the honest truth is that the Brazilian has been one of the Premier League’s best players in the last month and his impressive showings have translated into healthy Dream Team returns.
In fact, his April tally of 43 points is superior to that of Kevin De Bruyne (£6.4m), Bruno Fernandes (£4.9m) and Phil Foden (£5.1m) in the same time period.
In every sense possible, Pereira is one of the most in-form players right now.
He converted another penalty as West Brom drew 2-2 with Aston Villa to make it four goals this month, not to mention two assists and two Star Man awards – you will remember his near-perfect showing against Chelsea in Game Week 27.
In terms of the season as a whole, the 24-year-old has now scored ten goals in all competitions and provided five assists – a very respectable record for a player representing a team destined for relegation.
Obviously it would be a bold move to replace Fernandes or one of Man City’s popular midfielders with Pereira but you would be rolling in points had you done that at the start of the month so who is to say we won’t see more of the same in May?
After a sluggish start to his tenure, Sam Allardyce has installed some fight in West Brom.
His side were just two minutes away from adding to their convincing wins over Chelsea and Southampton before Keinan Davis grabbed a late equaliser for Villa on Sunday.
West Brom play Wolves in their next fixture and will fancy their chances of extending their decent run after Nuno Espirito Santo’s team were comprehensively beaten by Burnley.
It may well be that Pereira’s best days have come and gone already but it’s always worth flagging a player averaging over ten points per game during the course of a month.
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