Joel Pereira has clinched a loan move away from Manchester United, this time to Hearts.
Pereira needs this one to be a success after failing to really catch the eye at Setubal in Portugal last season or with Kortijk in Belgium.
He was overshadowed by Dean Henderson, who helped Sheffield United win promotion and now has rejoined them on loan in the Premier League.
Pereira said last month he wanted ‘to stay in the UK’ and raise his profile. Previously he had a successful stint with Rochdale.
He didn’t get a Championship move ahead of the deadline, so a move to Hearts in Scotland is seemingly the next best option, rather than head to League One or League Two.
Its unclear what United’s plan exactly is for Pereira, who is 23 now, other than hold onto him and keep pushing his development.
Possibly, he may be better than Henderson, and could yet go on to displace Sergio Romero when he leaves and back up David de Gea.
For now De Gea’s contract is unsigned, so United are smart to hold onto all the back up options.
Pereira’s outlook at Hearts
Hearts are hoping Pereira can become their number one, with current option Zdenek Zlamal struggling for form.
The Scotsman report Pereira could start this Friday against Motherwell in the Betfred Cup.
Not The Old Firm reported delight from Hearts fans in reaction to the deal.
Pereira has always performed well when given chances for United in pre-season, but competitive games in Scotland will be a totally different environment.
Pereira has the talent to establish himself as the best goalkeeper in the country.
Rangers’ goalkeeper is 37-year-old Allan McGregor, while Celtic’s is an out of form Scott Bain. Pereira has claim to be better than both.
Over the course of the season Pereira can showcase his ability and it should shine through.
It’s unclear what will be on offer for him at United when he returns, but for now, Hearts must be his full focus.
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