West Brom's Callum McManaman assures fans he 'will be flying' next season

The former Wigan winger failed to do himself justice after arriving at the Hawthorns in January, but he is feeling fit and confident ahead of the new season.

West Brom winger Callum McManaman has been talking to the Express and Star about his intentions for the new season, with the 24-year-old optimistic that he can claim a regular spot in the first team if he keeps fit from the beginning of the campaign.

McManaman only joined from Wigan in January, but the exciting wingman managed to gather 10 appearances before the end of the season.

That wasn't enough for the player though despite his late arrival to West Brom's Premier League campaign, and McManaman pointed out why he expects to be able to contribute more next season.

“I was a bit unlucky getting injured in training in the first few weeks but I got back in the side towards the end of last season and hopefully I can get my place in the team from the start this season,” he told the Express and Star. “I feel a lot sharper now.

“Hopefully I can stay on the pitch now, start most games and get at players because that’s what fans want to see. Hopefully I can beat a few men when I get the ball and stay in the team.

“That’s what the gaffer tells me to do every time I get the ball and if I keep doing that, which is my game, I’ll be OK. I am back up to full speed. I’ve got no injuries so hopefully I can get some full games under my belt before the season and I will be flying.”

As the former England Under-20 player said, McManaman made just eight league appearances out of sixteen that were available to him after moving to the Hawthorns, as well as two FA Cup outings that he featured in. Crucially, only five of those matches were starts, and an injury in early March caused him to miss several games, not returning to the pitch until late in April.

A fit and confident McManaman is a dangerous weapon for Tony Pulis to have at his disposal, and Baggies fans should be excited to see a settled player given a bigger chance in the Premier League next season, having starred there the last time he featured in the division in 2013.

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