The centre-back says that he did not feel he was given a fair chance at the Hawthorns, and subsequently began to doubt every decision he made.
New Aston Villa signing James Chester has revealed in an honest interview with the Birmingham Mail that he felt he was not given a fair chance to establish himself at centre-back for former club West Bromwich Albion.
Chester moved across Birmingham to join Villa on a four-year deal last week after just a single season at their local rivals following his move from Hull City.
The Welsh international went straight into new manager Roberto di Matteo's starting line-up for the first home game of the season against Rotherham United on Saturday, and the 27-year-old barely put a foot wrong in a comprehensive 3-0 victory.
Chester is pleased to have found a new home with Villa after his struggles last season; the defender played just 12 league games for the Baggies, some of which saw him played out of position.
The defender does not believe he was given a fair chance at Albion, and admitted that Tony Pulis' treatment of him left him plagued by self-doubt.
Chester told the Birmingham Mail: "For me, last year was difficult. Mentally I was in a place that I had never been before. I was doubting every decision I was making. At West Brom it didn’t go the way I imagined. I’m not sure how fair a chance I was given but sometimes these things happen in football. I had to move on if I wanted to play regularly.
"I knew with how last season went my time was pretty much up before it began which is a shame. We all know in football that you will have spells out of the team but to be out for so long was quite difficult to deal with.
"I knew going to West Brom, I would be used at full-back at times and I was more than happy to do that job, but I expected to be given more of a chance at centre-half than I did."
Chester has been given assurances by Di Matteo that he will be an important man at Villa, and he certainly displayed his credentials on Saturday.
He is expected to be named in the starting line-up alongside captain Tommy Elphick once again for tonight's clash with Huddersfield Town.