Pulis hails Evans improvements

20 September 2017 10:07:28 EST

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis is confident that there is plenty more to come from in-demand former Manchester United central defender Jonny Evans.

The 29-year-old Northern Ireland international was a target for both Manchester City and Chelsea before the transfer shut at the end of August, with Albion retaining the player after holding firm in their valuation of Evans.

I think he's done well here in lots of respects, he's become a better defender.

Tony Pulis

And Pulis is delighted to still have the experienced centre-back at his disposal, as he told the Birmingham Mail: "We're pleased that value is that value and I'm even more pleased we never took it.

"Jonny is a top player. He said he was a West Brom player until anything changed and he’s remained a West Brom player, thank goodness.

"I think he's done well here in lots of respects, he's become a better defender. He's always technically been a good centre-half, but he’s become a better defender.

"The responsibly now of being captain will take him on again. He’s a very fit lad, he picks up one or two injuries, but he is a fit lad and Jonny has got a lot more in the tank.

"He’s a lad who could play well into his 30s."

Evans moved to The Hawthorns in the summer of 2015 after nearly a decade at Old Trafford and has since scored three goals in 63 Premier League appearances for Albion.

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