Michael O’Neill claims Jonny Evans is delighted following move to West Brom

Jonny Evans

West Brom signed Jonny Evans from Manchester United last weekend.

Evans completed a move to the Hawthorns on the weekend running up to transfer deadline day, and Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has claimed to the Daily Mail that the centre-back is delighted to have finally resolved his playing situation.

He said: “He’s delighted that it's been resolved. He's had no real experience of West Brom yet, he's not been in the door and he hasn' t trained or anything like that. But I think he's just glad that it was eventually settled. People made a lot of his club situation. It wasn't ideal, not playing football.”

The 27-year-old ended his 12-year career at Old Trafford heading into the last days of the transfer window, agreeing a switch to the Midlands. He is likely to become a first-choice starter under manager Tony Pulis, who likes the no-nonsense defenders such as Evans to call upon.

Despite his lack of appearances for United under Louis van Gaal, Evans was still a consistent selection at international level, where he continued to perform admirably.

However, with doubts about his playing future at club level, there would always be a chance that he would have fallen out of favour under O’Neill, so the international boss could select players playing week-in week-out for their sides.

Evans resolved this issue by making the switch to West Brom, where he is sure to get back to his best playing in a side who are managed by a coach renowned for his defensive work.

Evans’ move to West Brom was a deal which suited all parties involved, and it appears as if the centre-back made the correct decision regarding a transfer over the summer.

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