Jonny Evans joins Leicester City

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: A dejected Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion at the final whistle during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on February 17, 2018 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Adam Fradgley - AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images)

Leicester City have confirmed the signing of West Brom captain Jonny Evans. The centre-back joins the Foxes after they met his £3.5million relegation release clause.

The 30-year-old spent three years at the Hawthorns after joining in 2015. Previously, he spent nine years at Manchester United. With 28 league appearances this season, he scored twice and has been capped 70 times for Northern Ireland. Off the pitch, he was criticised for his role in the theft of a taxi on a mid-season training camp in Spain.

How he fits in

Evans is Leicester’s second defensive signing of the summer, joining right back Ricardo Pereira. The Foxes struggled defensively last season, conceding the fifth most league goals. Captain Wes Morgan’s form dropped significantly during the season and Claude Puel will likely see Evans as his replacement.

Alternatively, Puel could use Evans alongside Wes Morgan and Leicester’s Player of the Season Harry Maguire as part of a new back three. This, however, seems unlikely, given all three’s lack of pace.

 

Where this leaves West Brom

Further departures are forthcoming, with Salomon Rondon linked with several Premier League clubs while Sean Dyche reportedly wants Jay Rodriguez back at Burnley.

Despite the loss of Evans West Brom still have good experience throughout their squad; Darren Moore will hope to persuade key players to remain as they aim to return to the Premier League.

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