West Brom skipper Darren Fletcher believes Jonny Evans is a “top-four” player and says the club were lucky to lure him to The Hawthorns.
Northern Ireland centre-back Evans arrived from Manchester United in the summer for around £6million, but there was little transfer interest in the 28-year-old – a fact that surprised his old United team-mate Fletcher.
“I thought we were very lucky to get Jonny in the first place because he’s a top, top player,” Fletcher told the Express & Star.
“With all due respect, I was surprised none of the so-called top-four clubs were looking at him because he is top-class.
“I was trying to persuade him as much as anybody to come here because I knew how good he was. He has shown that with his football and he’s been great for us.”
Evans has made 16 Premier League appearances this season, scoring once – the recent winner against Stoke – and he has been one of Albion’s best player this season.
“He’s a very level-headed lad and he knows his job as a defender is to lead the defence and keep clean sheets and make us solid at the back,” added Fletcher.
“He knows that but if he can pop up with a goal like that it’s great.
“He had a few opportunities with headers that fell to him and he looked he was going to sniff one out and thankfully it came.”