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Wednesday 19 Jul 2017
Defender to lead from front at Albion

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has made Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans his new club captain.

Evans has played 61 times for Northern Ireland and has firmly established himself as a fans' favourite over the years. His recent performances back this up, even picking up his first man of the match award for Northern Ireland in the friendly against New Zealand in June. 

Since moving on from Manchester United in 2015 Jonny has played 61 times for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, scoring three goals and establishing himself as a leader on the pitch. 

Jonny told "It's a privilege for me. It's the first time I've been captain of a club. Darren (Fletcher) is a close friend of mine and hopefully I can follow in his footsteps and do things the right way.

"I'm sure we'll pass each other on the M6 at some point! But I think you have to be your own man and I'm sure I'll approach some things in maybe a different way to Darren."

He went on to tell WBA TV: "You're either that type of character or you're not and I think I've always had that sort of character, even as a young lad.

"It's the off-the-pitch things you have to take care of. We've got quite a close-knit dressing room anyway and I think everyone gets along so I don't think I'll have too many issues to worry about. But I'll be the spokesperson for the players."

Head coach Tony Pulis is obviously a keen admirer of Evans, having reportedly spent an initial £6m on his transfer to West Brom from Manchester United in 2015. 

Pulis told “He's a superb player who has the respect of the dressing room where everybody recognises him as a top Premier League footballer.

"It will be up to him to come and tell me if I'm out of order or if he feels I should be doing something differently. Our relationship will be very important."