Paul Merson: “I’d Rather Have Jonny Evans Than John Stones”

Paul Merson: “I’d Rather Have Jonny Evans Than John Stones”
Aug 18, 2017

Manchester City News West Brom

So called ‘football expert’ and columnist Paul Merson had high praise for West Brom defender Jonny Evans and backs the Northern Irishman to overtake John Stones at Manchester City. This comes after speculation that Pep Guardiola’s side had a bid rejected for the West Brom captain earlier this week.

Sky Sports News reported that the 29-year-old has been on City’s radar for several weeks as they seek to find a backup defender for their squad. Sky sources claim that West Brom rejected a £18 million bid this week, but it is widely believed that Man City will return with an improved bid for the centre-back.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson thinks Jonny Evans would be a great addition at Manchester City and backs him to succeed over all his doubters. Speaking on The Debate, Merson argued that Evans was a top Premier League defender that would start for most sides in the league.

I heard people on the radio laughing at City buying Evans,” he said. I think it’s a great signing. He’s a top centre-half, a proper centre-half.

If you asked me today who I’d have in my team: Evans or Stones? I’d have Jonny Evans.”

Jonny Evans joined West Brom from Manchester United in 2015 after making more than 100 appearances for the club. The Northern Irishman has been an integral part of Tony Pulis’ backline, making 65 appearances in all competitions, scoring on three occasions.

A move to Manchester City would see him compete with John Stones, Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi for a starting spot in Guardiola’s team, but Merson thinks the number of games they play means he will get an opportunity. The defender has also played at left-back and defensive midfield during his Premier League career, meaning his versatility may be an added bonus for Guardiola.

Merson said choosing between Manchester City and West Brom is a rather easy decision for the defender.

City play so many games. Do you stay at West Brom, play every week and come 12th?” he added.

Or do you want to go and play in the Champions league and who knows, if someone gets injured, you might play 38 games this season in the league and the cup. You just don’t know until you get there.

Speaking of the defender’s ties with Manchester United, Merson said: “He wasn’t a Manchester United legend. It’s not like Roy Keane going to Manchester City. If I was the lad, it’s a no brainer. If it was one of the big boys I’d say no but he wasn’t a United legend. Sol Campbell did it and I didn’t agree with that but not with Jonny Evans.

Manchester City’s next Premier League game is against Everton at the Etihad on Monday night.

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