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FPL promoted picks: Pereira the star of West Brom attack

By The Scout 17 Aug 2020
Matheus Pereira, WBA

The Scout says Baggies playmaker, who has now joined the club permanently, can bring goals and assists this season

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The Scout looks at the defensive and attacking prospects of the three promoted sides for 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League.

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The Baggies scored 77 goals to earn outright promotion, the same total as Championship winners Leeds United.

Matheus Pereira (£6.0m) was their standout player in attack, operating either as a No 10 in a 4-2-3-1 formation or out wide in a 4-3-3.

And the Brazilian has now joined the club permanently after winning the club's 2019/20 player of the season while on loan.

Pereira's goal v Cardiff

Pereira was involved in 24 of his side's goals last season, scoring eight and providing a further 16 assists.

A look at the underlying statistics only adds to Pereira's appeal in FPL.

He created 116 chances last season, more than any other player in the Championship.

History lesson

A comparison with Norwich City playmaker Emiliano Buendia over the last two campaigns is promising.

Buendia supplied 91 chances in the 2018/19 Championship as the Canaries won promotion. He then produced 83 in 2019/20 FPL, ranking fourth among all players.

Pereira was also the Baggies' main goal threat last season, having 111 shots over his 42 appearances.

To put this into perspective, Matt Phillips (£5.5m) was the only other West Brom player to surpass 60 shots last term, with 62.

Phillips, who shares corners with Pereira, contributed seven goals and six assists.

Uncertainty up front

Charlie Austin (£5.5m) was West Brom's top scorer, netting four of his 10 goals from the penalty spot.

But it remains to be seen whether he will be a regular this season.

Austin was rotated throughout last term by Slaven Bilic and was named in the first XI on only 18 occasions.

That boosts the appeal of turning to Pereira, who looks kindly priced at £6.0m.

Also in this series

Part 1: Ajayi goals for West Brom can offer value
Part 3: Bryan best option in Fulham defence
Part 4: Mitrovic the focal point of Fulham attack
Part 5: Attacking Leeds full-backs to shine
Part 6: Bamford the leading threat for Leeds

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