'I didn't leave Manchester City to battle the drop', says Joleon Lescott

Joleon Lescott says he did not leave Manchester City to battle relegation out of the Premier League at West Bromwich Albion.

Joleon Lescott was released into the free agent pool over the summer, with Manchester City opting against the tabling of fresh terms.

He eventually took the decision to return to his roots in the West Midlands, with the former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender linking up with their Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion.

As an England international with 26 caps to his name, his signature was considered to be quite a coup for the Baggies.

Lescott was tipped to help tighten Alan Irvine’s side at the back, with his Premier League title-winning experience set to prove invaluable.

It has, however, been a season of struggle for West Brom – who have now lost four on the bounce – with memories of Champions League football and lifting major honours beginning to fade for their 32-year-old centre-half.

Lescott said in the Birmingham Mail following Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham United: “I’m like the rest of the lads, we knew it was going to be tough. But I didn’t come here to fight relegation.

“But if it needs to be we’ll dig deep for the next two months and get clear, hopefully we can do that.

“It’s a new test, but something I’m enjoying but I don’t like losing, I hate it to be honest.

“I don’t even like to use the word hate. But I’m playing every week, I’m feeling good and strong, and I want to help the team.

“I don’t think we’re that far away, previous performances haven’t been great, here I thought we were positive. It’s the momentum thing now.”

Lescott formed part of a defensive unit which secured four clean sheets during the opening months of the season.

Leaks have been sprung, though, with seven goals conceded during the recent run of reversals.

Irvine has seen pressure mount on his shoulders on the back of a sorry sequence of results and he needs experienced figures such as Lescott to step up to the plate and start inspiring those around them.

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