West Bromwich Albion boss Valerien Ismael has claimed he expects both Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira to leave the club this summer, which has drawn an interesting reaction from many Baggies fans.
Ismael left Barnsley to take charge of the Hawthorns last month and made former Tykes skipper Alex Mowatt his first signing of the summer.
The 45-year-old coach spoke to the press for the first time as Albion boss yesterday and confirmed that he believes Johnstone and Pereira – two of the club’s in-demand players – will leave this summer.
He told the Express & Star: “It’s not a secret that Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira can maybe leave the club.
“It’s my expectation that they (will) leave.
“But I don’t need the best players, I need the right players for the position.
“Even if they leave we will find the solution or we will reinvest the money.”
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There are no shortage of clubs seemingly keen to offer Pereira a route back to the Premier League in the current window, with Aston Villa, Brentford, Brighton, Norwich City, Leeds United, Leicester City, West Ham United, and Crystal Palace all reportedly keen.
Ismael’s comments have certainly caught the attention of the Baggies fanbase, with many supporters taking to Twitter to voice their thoughts…
Great, so that's peierea gone, he could and most probley will be the difference of going up or not.
— Saul Sanders (@SaulSanders8) July 5, 2021
Only sell Periera for serious money
— Lewis 🏴 (@Lewba_) July 5, 2021
well thats not good
— Dylan. (@Dboyds7) July 5, 2021
Couldn’t have put that better tbh shows he values the squad the same and it’s everyone’s opportunity to step up
— Tom Martin (@TM_WBA07) July 5, 2021
— Warren Bishop (@WBAvlogs) July 5, 2021
— Bailey (@WhitehouBailey) July 5, 2021
— Mike_Fryer (@MikeFryer12) July 5, 2021
— taga.bird (@taga_bird33) July 5, 2021
— MAGIC MAN (@magicpereria) July 5, 2021
— Morgan (@Morgan20628901) July 5, 2021