By Noel Whelan

6th Aug, 2021 | 9:42am

Pundit warns of dressing room unrest at West Brom after Pereira statement

Noel Whelan has warned the animosity between Matheus Pereira and Valerian Ismael could cause dressing room unrest at West Brom.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the 25-year-old had done the right thing by “protecting himself” from his manager’s comments.

In a statement issued on Monday (August 2nd), Pereira lashed out after Ismael claimed the attacker was “not committed” to the club.

The winger confessed his desire to leave the Hawthorns but insisted he wanted to depart in a “fair and correct manner”.

Whelan claimed the war of words between player and manager could result in “bad feelings” among the rest of the squad.

“I think first and foremost he’s coming out and protecting himself from the manager’s statement,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

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“I think you’ve got to do that. If an offer has come in from a club and a player is desperately wanting to leave, then I don’t understand why teams hold these players back.

“We’ve seen it at Celtic, with Ajer. It doesn’t work. Now you’ve got animosity, bad feelings within the club, in the changing room with player and manager.

“That’s not going to do any good to anybody. I think right now the only simple explanation and conclusion you can get is to sell the player.

“You can’t be holding on to a player like this and expecting to get the best out of him when respect has gone between manager and player.

“That’s going to filter all the way through the rest of the team. It’s going to be felt and you just can’t have that sort of animosity within a group of players.”

In other news, Paul Robinson has made a bold prediction over Sam Johnstone’s West Brom future.