West Brom may be ruing their decision to not cash in for Baggies captain Jonny Evans as the player looks destined to leave for a substantial loss following the Midland’s clubs relegation to the Championship.
The Baggies’ worst fears were confirmed on Tuesday night, after Southampton’s 1-0 victory over Swansea made it impossible for Darren Moore’s side to avoid the drop.
Demotion means that players will leave in the summer window, in an attempt to secure a Premier League return, with some even having relegation clauses in their contracts.
The Baggies received interest in 30-year-old defender Jonny Evans in previous windows and the club’s recent drop to the Championship may leave them wishing they had cashed in when they had the chance.
Premier League champions Manchester City were known to be interested in the Northern Irishman and, according to Sky Sports, the Citizens had a bid in the region of £18 million rejected.
West Brom’s stance on the defender being unavailable was seen as admirable.
However, the fact that Evans has a £3 million relegation clause in his contract means the former Manchester United defender is likely to leave Moore’s side for next to nothing in the summer.
Adding further fuel to the fire, Evans was one of the players involved in an off-field incident that sparked controversy mid-season.
Evans was labelled as being among four of the West Brom players involved in the ‘taxi stealing’ incident during the Baggies’ training trip to Barcelona.
It reflects one of the many problems that have been experienced at the Midlands club this season.
With Evans being the captain of the club, it didn’t reflect the behaviour and maturity required during one of the most critical periods of the campaign.
With Evans entering the latter stages of his career, it seems he will still feel his talents are best suited to the Premier League.
It has been a disastrous season for the Baggies. Off-field incidents have been met with poor performances on the pitch.
A clear-out will definitely be in order at the Hawthorns and the club would’ve been hoping to cash-in big for established players such as Evans.
However, with the luck the club has had this season, they will have to accept another likely loss and move on.