West Brom boss Tony Pulis has revealed that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson gave him advice ahead of Jonny Evans' move to The Hawthorns this past summer.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Pulis, who secured the services of the Northern Irish defender from the Red Devils for £8 million, claims Ferguson told him that the 27-year-old needed to become a 'main player' for the club.
Evans has enjoyed a strong start to life at West Brom, and Pulis has admitted that it took a long time for the club to secure the services of the former Red Devil.
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Ahead of his side's clash with Everton this evening, Pulis stated: "The one thing Sir Alex said was that Jonny needs to be at a club where he's a main player to get the best out of him.
"Hopefully he'll be able to do that at West Brom. Sir Alex said he had good character and that he needed to play and be a regular.
"There are different standards and different levels and Everton are in that group just below the top so it was lovely to get Jonny. It took a long time."
Ultimately, Pulis is right: Evans, despite his struggles under the likes of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal in recent years, is a top defender who can prove his credentials in the Premier League for some time to come.
In Sir Alex Ferguson's final season in charge of the Red Devils - a title-winning campaign - Evans was one the club's standout performers, often proving key in the absence of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, who struggled to maintain their fitness.
At 27-years-old, the defender is by no means the finished article but may well have his best years still ahead of him. At the end of the day, he's one of the most experienced and established defenders in England's elite division, so could prove to be one of the signings of the transfer window.
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