West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew has this morning admitted that defender Jonny Evans could be sold in the near future, to fund other moves for the Baggies.
Since making the move to the Hawthorns from Manchester United in 2015, 29-year-old central defender Evans has gone on to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s most consistent stoppers.
The 67-time capped Northern Ireland international has proven himself to be not only a hugely capable defender, but also a stellar leader, with his experience having proven crucial to his side’s stout defensive record over the past couple of seasons (not this season, though).
Evans’ impressive showings for West Brom last season certainly didn’t go unnoticed on the part of the English top-flight’s biggest sides, with Manchester City and Arsenal having both expressed an interest in the Baggies’ star.
In the end, though, West Brom stood firm, with Pep Guardiola having admitted that ‘(former Baggies boss) Tony Pulis put a price (on Evans) that we couldn’t afford at that moment.’
‘Evans might move’
However, speaking in an interview ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Arsenal tomorrow evening, current West Brom manager Alan Pardew admitted that the need for reinforcements in attacking areas at the Hawthorns could see Evans sold in the near future:
‘We are pretty tight financially. I am conscious if there are no funds available I might have to move something around.’
‘I have to get goals on the board otherwise you can’t win games. So there is a scenario Jonny Evans might move and for sure I have looked at that.’
‘He has all the qualities for a top team. I would be stupid to sit here and deny that.’
‘There have been astonishing figures for defenders all through the summer really.’
‘If you look at defenders and compare Jonny with central defenders in the Premier League he is right up there.’