Forget Pereira: WBA would be silly not to sign loanee worth his weight in gold – opinion

West Brom’s success this season has been heavily built around the good performances of their loanees.

Callum Robinson and Filip Krovinovic have both been key players. The Sheffield United loanee has contributed to three goals since his arrival in January while the Croatian has appeared in 31 games.

However, it’s hard to argue that either of those have been half as important as the duo of Grady Diangana or Matheus Pereira.

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We’ve already been over the fact that they’re the two standout Signing of the Season contenders at the Baggies, but a lot of eyes have been on the potential permanent signing of Pereira due to Albion’s option to buy.

However, there is an argument to make that the Baggies’ priority should be landing the West Ham loanee permanently instead.

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Away from the fact that Diangana has contributed to 10 goals in 21 appearances this term, the Baggies are quite clearly a better team when he’s on the pitch.

The winger has the best points per game record of any player who has played at least five matches this term, and he’s only been on the losing side twice in the league.

The Baggies are rampant when Diangana appears. With him they have a +20 goal difference from the 21 games he’s featured in. For context, they have a +26 goal difference from the 37 matches they’ve played all season, so you can see that they’re simply a weaker side without their loan star on the pitch.

They’ve won just five out of the 15 league games he’s missed since joining the club, and you dread to think where they’d be if he wasn’t at the Hawthorns.

Unfortunately, the 21-year-old is due to return to West Ham at the end of the season, so unless they sign him permanently, they could decline without him – after all, the stats suggest he’s so pivotal to the team.

Albion quite simply can’t let that happen, and they must pull out all the stops to make sure he’s still at the club next year.

In other news, West Brom could have a future star on their hands.

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