Manchester City are the Premier League champions and have an unlikely source to thank for pushing them over the finish line. Following their 3-1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley the Cityzens knew that a win for West Brom at Manchester United would hand them the Premier League title. Nobody, however, expected it to happen.
But Jay Rodriguez’s second-half header secured an unlikely win for the Premier League’s bottom club at Old Trafford and it handed City their well-deserved title.
But one player’s absence from the fixture might be of more interest to Manchester City.
West Brom managed to keep United at bay, without the services of captain Jonny Evans. The former United man missed the game with a minor knee injury. Ahmed Hegazi and Craig Dawson, however, stepped up and put in an excellent performance to keep United at bay.
For many West Brom fans, the club has actually performed better without Evans in recent weeks.
He is, of course, a player who could have been on his way to Manchester City last summer. Pep Guardiola wanted to strengthen is back-line and saw Evans, an experienced Premier League pro, as the perfect option. The Sun reported that City were keen on the player, valued at around £23.5 million by the Baggies.
This summer Evans could be available at a much cheaper price. If West Brom are relegated, the Northern Irishman is available for a fee of just £3 million – as reported by Sky Sports.
This week, The Sun claimed that Evans will be snubbing the interest of Arsenal and holding out for Manchester City. However, if there is one thing City should learn from West Brom helping them win the title at the weekend, it is that Evans might not be the man for them.
His form has been questionable this season and on top of that, he was one of four West Brom players who allegedly stole a taxi during a disastrous winter break to Barcelona.
Manchester City signed Aymeric Laporte in January and still have the likes of Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones filling centre-back positions. With that in mind, and given his poor form, it is hard to see why City would bring in Evans at all this summer – even at the bargain price of just £3 million.