The central defender never really managed to ensure any consistency during his time at Old Trafford as he struggled to earn regular minutes, but he was provided with the opportunity to make a name for himself at the Hawthorns.
Supporters were over the moon with the club’s choice to secure his services from Manchester United, as they took to the confirmation of the signing on Twitter in a delightful manner.
— Brian Pilton (@BrianPilton) August 29, 2015
— Joe Gardner (@JoeGardner98) August 29, 2015
— Richärd BarkwaySmith (@barkwaysmith) August 29, 2015
— Brad Smith (@Smithybrad13) August 29, 2015
@WBAFCofficial top signing
— Vern (@VernonRobertso3) August 29, 2015
Delighted with the signing of Jonny Evans #wba
— Kieran Wentz (@kieranthebaggie) August 29, 2015
— Michael Ward (@ward5034) August 29, 2015
Jonny Evans was scouted while playing for Greenisland FC. At the age of nine, he was invited to attend the Manchester United Centre of Excellence in Belfast, before being invited for a trial in Manchester a year later. Evans then went on to progress through Manchester United’s Academy, before being sent out on loan to Sunderland.
The Northern Ireland international helped Sunderland clinch the Championship title, with Evans winning the club’s Youth Player of the Year award at the end of the season. He then went on to join the club for a second spell, before returning to his parent club Manchester United.
Evans made his Manchester United debut on the 26th of September 2007, and his league debut 10 months later. He then went on to enjoy a couple of successful seasons in the side, but fell down the pecking order during his last season in Manchester and was banned for six games due to a spitting altercation.
Interestingly, the 30-year-old signed for West Bromwich Albion for £6 million on the 29th of August 2015.
He made his debut for the club on the 12th of September 2015 against Southampton, but he had to wait until the 2nd of January 2016 to score his first goal for the club. The central defender enjoyed a successful first season at the club as he received Players’ Player of the Season award.
And, the Northern Irishman enjoyed another successful campaign next time round as he continued to come on leaps and bounds at the Hawthorns. But, it wasn’t until his third season at the club that Tony Pulis rewarded him with the captain’s armband due to Darren Fletcher’s departure.
However, the defender couldn’t stop the Baggies from suffering relegation to the Championship, which allowed Leicester City swoop in to activate his relegation release clause.
It comes as no surprise that supporters were so pleased with the signing of Jonny Evans as he went on to establish himself as one of the real leaders and standout performers at the club.
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