It is believed that West Brom defender Jonny Evans will be rewarded with an improved contract offer following his decision to remain at the club.
It is reported that several Premier League clubs such as Manchester City and Arsenal were interested to sign the player but the deal could not materialize before the end of the transfer window.
It appears that West Brom is offering their player an improved contract of £80,000 a week in order to remain at the club. This will make Jonny Evans the highest paid player at the club.
Jonny Evans said that he was impressed that a club such as Manchester City was interested in signing him and that has motivated him to work harder. He believes that he has the potential to become a world class player and that he will be working on achieving that.
The West Brom defender said that he is now completely focused on his club and that his objective is to help the team finish as high as they can in the Premier League. He believes that there is a good group of players at West Brom and it is up to the players to believe that they can achieve something.
Jonny Evans still has two years left on his contract, and West Brom will be keen to extend the contract as soon as they can. Tony Pulis said that Jonny Evans had been a great player for them ever since he took charge of the club and he believes that he can be the foundation of something great at the club.
The manager said that everyone at the club would want the player to sign a new deal and that they will be offering an improved offer. He believes that the player will accept the new contract.
West Bromwich Albion are no longer making a move for Arsenal star Kieran Gibbs this summer.
The left back has been linked with a move away from the Emirates but Coach Tony Pulis has declared that The Baggies would not be the destination. Pulis says the club are still hoping to add some players but Gibbs would not be among them.
Pulis added that Johnny Evans would continue in the role he played when the Albions faced the former team he coached Crystal Palace in a friendly recently. After 20 minutes in, the defender twisted his ankle but the coach has allayed fears over a possible injury.
The coach said Evans could have continued but that he opted to pull him out to avoid any problems. He says he wants to avoid any injury in the pre-season.
Palace won the game 2-0 but Coach Frank de Boer was not happy at the challenges West Brom made on winger WilfriedZaha.
It was supposed to be a warm up to the new season but it was quite heated as Nyom, Claudio Yacob, and Ahmed Hegazy roughed each other up as they moved to the tunnel. After the game De Boer spoke against the challenges made on his player.
Hegazy was praised for his efforts in the game. Pulis says the player is feeling at home at the club already. He is happy that the player speaks English and has settled in with his teammates rather quickly, though he adds that the team is set up that way.
“It’s not a difficult group to get in and feel comfortable in. There’s some good people in the group and they get on well together, so it’s not difficult for someone outside coming in and feeling a part of it.”
Northern Ireland national team boss Michael O’Neill has said that one of the players Johnny Evans has what it takes to succeed as a manager if he decided to head that path upon retirement.
The 29-year old defender has raked in 60 caps for the country.
There are talks that he would retire in a few years and move into management. O’Neill opines that if it happens, Evans would be good at it.
“Jonny’s very bright, very intelligent, he knows the game and has strong opinions on the game. Jonny certainly has all the attributes that you would look for in a manager and he’s got good qualities as a human being as well as a football coach,” O’Neill said.
“Jonny certainly has all the attributes that you would look for in a manager and he’s got good qualities as a human being as well as a football coach,” he added.
Evans has spent over a decade in senior team football. He has been coached by Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, and Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford and then Roy Keane and Tony Pulis.
O’Neill said in the team there are a lot of players that have “good human qualities” that could help them transition to good managers. He adds that the real issue was if the players were ready to start work somewhere and grow. He claimed there were so many opportunities for modern day players outside of the game.
He lamented that the allure of sports punditry was stopping modern players from actually working their way up as managers. He added that life after a football career can be challenging but if retired players decide to do the work then it could be enjoyable.
Jonny Evans is a 29 year old Northern Irish defender who made his way through the youth academy of Manchester United before eventually being promoted to the 1st team and Evans later went on to spend over 6 seasons with the Premier League outfit.
After making more than 130 appearances wearing the Manchester United jersey, on August of 2015, Evans joined West Bromwich Albion but it wasn’t until very recently that it was unveiled as to why Jonny Evans decided to leave his childhood club and according to the experienced defender, Sir. Alex Ferguson played a big role in his transition from Manchester United over to West Bromwich Albion as the former manager told him a few things that encouraged Evans.
“There were a few whispers and I was playing golf one day at one of the United Foundation events. Sir Alex took me to the side, sitting on the golf buggy, and talked it through with me’’
“He’s obviously big friends with Tony Pulis (at West Bromwich Albion) and was pushing me in that direction. I thanked him for that at the time and took his advice. Me, on the other hand, that wasn’t a surprise. I could see the signs. I felt like it was the time for that to happen. There was no problem. I was looking forward to a new challenge because I knew that once I got playing again, I could really push on’’ Jonny Evans said.
It seems like Jonny Evans was already fairly suspicious about his time in Old Trafford as he stated that leaving Manchester United was a real possibility of him even before talking with Sir. Alex Ferguson and it was the Scottish tactician who gave Jonny Evans the final push that he needed in order to make his move as Evans was not going to be playing a big role in Manchester United anyways.
Defender Jonny Evans has hailed the achievements of Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney after the player became the highest goalscorer for Manchester United.
Evans played alongside the Three Lions skipper, winning three Premier League titles before his switch to West Brom in 2015. He spoke in an interview when Rooney broke the club record for highest goalscorer previously held by Sir Bobby Charlton.
Evans said Rooney has been the “heartbeat and focal point of the team for over ten years now,” and that Rooney has “always been the player that everyone absolutely loves. Evans praised Rooney’s leadership roles as he was the man that kept everyone together.
Jonny reminisced about Rooney’s debut from Everton where the versatile player scored goals. He also revealed that Rooney has been the high profile player that he has been around on “a close, personal level.”
Evans added that Rooney would still score goals before the season ends so the tally would shoot up some more.
“He has broken Sir Bobby’s record and you can tell he has got a little bit of hunger and fire back. Wayne needs that fire to play at his best. That is the way he has approached his whole life and for him to perform he needs to play with that sort of intensity,” Evans said affectionately of Rooney’s feat.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has come out to say he has not received transfer requests for Jonny Evans and that even if there were he would not sell the defender.
“I haven’t had any phone calls. I don’t know if the club have. We wouldn’t see him,” Pulis said emphatically.
Arsenal were almost set to get the Northern Ireland star player when there were serious issues with the backline at the Emirates. The French coach opted to get German Shkodran Mustafi at the end.
Johnny Evans said that he is desperate to face his former club Manchester United during the weekend.
The player who is now at West Bromwich Albion missed the last game against Swansea last weekend because of a calf injury. He said that it would be a great thing for him to face his former club and that he is desperate to be back in the team.
However, there is no guarantee at the moment that he will be part of the team to face Manchester United and it is believed that he will be facing a late fitness test to assess whether he will be able to play in this highly competitive game.
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis said that he would assess his squad before the game and will then make a decision about the team to face Manchester United. He said that there in a busy period in the Premier League and it is important that he rotate the team. He believes that he had the necessary squad to cope with the increasing amount of games and said that only the fittest player would be able to play on the pitch.
Tony Pulis said that the West Bromwich Albion is made up of 30+ players and that it is important that he managed their training schedule well. He believes that Johnny Evans will get the chance to get back into the team if ever he is fit.
Evans has made more than 200 appearances for Manchester United and has won numerous trophies during his time at Old Trafford. It is only after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson that he was sold to West Bromwich Albion. He said that he is happy with his new club and that he is desperate to help them get a result against his former club.
The trio of West Bromwich Albion stars Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans have been called up by the Northern Ireland national football team to represent the country during the forthcoming international break.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill named the squad to play Azerbaijan and Croatia in November as they seek a spot in Russia 2018 finals.
The third international break of the current season would see Northern Ireland play Azerbaijan in a World Cup qualifier, and Croatia in a friendly four days after. O’Neill invited Norwich’s Michael McGovern, Alan Mannus who plays for St. Johnstone and Hartlepool United’s Trevor Carson as likely shot stoppers in the 25-man list.
O’Neill would be hoping that the invited players get the required result against Azerbaijan.
“With seven points from nine, they [Azerbaijan] have had a good start and not conceded a goal. They are not a team that is going to come and attack us, they will be well organised and we expect it will be very difficult. When we look at the group, these are the games that we feel will be key leading into where we finish,” he said.
Aaron Hughes, Ryan McGivern, Conor McLaughlin, Lee Hodson, and Tom Flanagan are expected to join the West Brom trio in defence. Any of Kyle Lafferty, Josh Magennis, Conor Washington and Will Grigg will place in front ahead of any of Steven Davis, Niall McGinn, Ollie Norwood, Corry Evans, Jamie Ward, Shane Ferguson, Stuart Dallas, Paddy McNair, Paul Paton and Matthew Lund Rochdale.
Brunt is returning after a serious injury to the knee in February. Grigg was missing due to personal issues but is expected to play. Michael Smith and Liam Boyce were excluded despite being called for the October games. Paton and Hughes were invited despite being invited to the last games due to an injury crisis.
Arsenal were heavily linked with Jonny Evans during the summer, but this transfer rumour was subject to a lot of ridicules on social media.
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern, though, claims that Evans deserves a lot of respect and it was not nice to see him subject to social media ridicule. After having played a lot with Evans during the international games, McGovern says that the former Manchester United defender has everything required to succeed at the top level of the game.
After coming through the ranks at United, Evans slipped down the pecking order at Old Trafford a few years ago and this resulted in the move to West Brom in order to get regular first team football. Under the guidance of Tony Pulis, the player has flourished with some impressive performances in recent months.
This reportedly made him a key transfer target for Arsenal during the summer. West Brom were reluctant to sell him due to the lack of alternatives in the squad. In the end, the Gunners brought in ShkodranMustafi from Valencia for a whopping £35 million. Evans would have been a less expensive signing, but he would not have been the World Cup winner as Mustafi.
Still, McGovern is of the opinion that a quality player like Evans should be treated with respect. “I don’t think he gets enough respect. At Man United he never got enough respect and he was part of the team that won the league; it was him, (Nemanja) Vidic and (Rio) Ferdinand and Jonny played most of that season.He’s a class defender. I don’t know if it’s because he’s British, if he was foreign maybe he’d got more credit. I think he showed at the Euros what a top-class defender he is,” saidMcGovern in response to the social media criticism.
There is news that Arsenal might make a move for West Brom defender Jonny Evans in the days to come.
Indeed the Gunners are currently short on defenders after the injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel. And with the fact that Laurent Koscielny will only be back after the start of the new season, it is becoming urgent for Arsene Wenger to look for a replacement.
So far, the French manager has only recruited one defender in Rob Holding but with the injuries as well as the late return of Koscielny, it is believed that Arsene Wenger might make a move for Jonny Evans.
But so far there is no bid that has been achieved but a decision might be taken in the days to come. However, this move might not be a favorite among Gunners fans as they would have expected a more impressive signing for their team.
It is also believed that Arsene Wenger is monitoring ShkodranMustafi as a possible reinforcement at the back. However, the player might cost around £41m from Valencia, and this can be a stumbling block for the transfer. Arsene Wenger is famous for refusing to pay an excessive amount in the transfer market and may hesitate to complete this transfer.
They might face competition from Chelsea however in this transfer. It is believed that Antonio Conte is also looking for a quality defender in order to reinforce their defence and might consider making a move for the Germany international as well.
If ever Arsenal misses out on ShkodranMustafi then it might be highly possible that they will be making a move for Jonny Evans. Wenger will need cover at the back and will not want to wait for the transfer window to be over to look for new players.
West Bromwich Albion has confirmed the signing of 25-year old winger Matt Phillips from Queen Park Rangers.
The player is believed to have made the move for £5 million meaning the player is among the top priced Albion players.
Phillips, who is the first signing of the new season and first permanent player of the club ahead of the forthcoming season, will be unveiled once the results of the medicals are in and personal terms finalised. He is set to become the club’s seventh most expensive player in history.
Salomon Rondon places first as the club’s most expensive player costing them £12 million. The 26-year old player scored at the international level for Venezuela and was a key member of the team as he has been at his club since he joined.
Next is Nigerian forward Brown Ideye who joined from Russian club Dynamo Kieve for £10 million in the summer of 2014. He was the record signing then before the deal of Rondon. He got injured early but he found his form with time, especially with the arrival of Tony Pulis. Pulis was still not sure so he sold the player to Greek club Olympiacos.
James Chester was gotten for £8 million from Hull City, making the player the most expensive defender ever at the club. His displays at first enraged the fans but he found a solid footing with time. The 27-year old has been decent for Wales in central position.
Stephane Sessengnon is fourth with £6.6 million from Sunderland. His time at the club appeared over when he had a falling out with Pulis, though his goals tally was poor too.
Jonny Evans is in fifth position after joining from Manchester United in 2015 for £6 million. He was voted the player of the year by his colleagues due to his good performance. Then there’s Victor Anichebe for £6 million from Everton.