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Jonny Evans | Defensemen | #6

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 170

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With Matt Phillips out again in Week 28 against Everton, Jonny Evans is likely to start a second consecutive Premier League match.
Jonny Evans was a surprise starter in Week 27 and it looks like there's a very good chance that it will happen again in Week 28 at Goodison Park. The upside for fantasy managers, especially in draft/auction leagues, is that Evans may well be available on waivers in a week when there are far fewer players available than usual due to FA Cup obligations on the part of many teams in the Premier League. Mar 10 - 6:56 PM

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Jonny Evans started last weekend after returning from an injury layoff but don't expect him to start again if Matt Phillips returns from his hamstring injury.

Jonny Evans and Matt Phillips aren't exactly players you'd expect to be vying for the same spot in a starting line-up. Evans is generally a center back while Phillips is an attacking midfielder. It does appear, however, that their fates or at least their playing time will be intertwined going down the stretch this season. Tony Pulis moved Chris Brunt up to deputize for Phillips due to a hamstring injury last weekend leaving a spot open for Evans to come in. With Phillips' injury status for this week up in the air it would seem Evans' situation is equally unclear.
Mar 3 - 1:51 PM

Jonny Evans started in Albion's Week 26 win over Bournemouth but it may not be a permanent move given the circumstances.

It appears that Jonny Evans' start was a direct result of the unexpected late injury to Matt Phillips. Chris Brunt moved up from full back to midfield to fill in for Phillips opening up a spot for Evans to come into the line-up. Tony Pulis seems to be focused on a more attacking line-up featuring Brunt at the back and Phillips in midfield when both are healthy. Pulis may adjust his attacking bent based on the opponent but Brunt and Ayew seem to be starters in his typical starting eleven these days with Evans likely a reserve.
Feb 28 - 1:34 PM

Jonny Evans finally returned in Week 25 with a substitute appearance against West Ham but his status as a starter is still very much in question.

Albion are playing well over recent weeks with a back four featuring two outside backs - Chris Brunt and Alan Nyom - along with two center backs - Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson. Compared to earlier in the season when Evans was starting regularly as part of a three or four CB alignment there just aren't as many spots. Evans' first match back lent credence to the notion that he may have to content himself with a spot as a key reserve rather than as a starter for at least the time being if not longer.
Feb 24 - 2:57 PM

It has been a long road for Jonny Evans returning from what had been thought to be a minor calf injury. He should be ready for the Week 25 trip to West Ham.

While Jonny Evans is reportedly fit to return to action after five missed matches, it isn't a certainty that he will slide back into the starting line-up immediately. Tony Pulis has played a more traditional back four with Brunt and Nyom closer resembling fullbacks than center backs. If Pulis persists with that alignment it would leave him to select two of Craig Dawson, Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans to play centrally. Pulis could just as easily revert to a beefier CB-heavy alignment as well. Fantasy managers will have to keep alert to the fact that Pulis now has some different options that he probably trusts.
Feb 10 - 11:33 AM

West Brom defender Jonny Evans looks likely to miss out on the Middlesbrough match due to a lingering calf injury.

The Northern Irish international has missed the last three matches, including two Premier League fixtures, after leaving the club's win against Hull City at the beginning of January. Without Evans, it looks like manager Tony Pulis will have to continue with Allan Nyom and Chris Brunt as fullbacks and Craig Dawson shifting inside with Gareth McAuley. Said Pulis: "Jonny Evans is still a worry for us, we're not sure whether Jonny will be available. If I was going to be perfectly honest, I would say he'll most probably miss the Middlesbrough game."
Jan 30 - 7:10 AM

Jonny Evans once again faces a late fitness test as he looks to return to the West Brom line-up after suffering a calf injury.

Evans has been struggling with a calf complaint on and off for about a month now. The former Manchester United center back's initial calf issue popped up during Week 17 and here we are heading to Week 22 and he's still not certain to be ready to go. Unless you can leave decision making to the last minute it is probably best to assume that Evans won't be available yet again. The upside is that if he does play he has a home date against Sunderland which could be a win and a clean sheet.
Jan 20 - 11:17 AM

Following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Spurs this weekend, West Brom will look to get Jonny Evans and Allan Nyom back as soon as possible.

Evans missed out on the weekend due to a calf injury as Jonas Olsson filled in for the former Manchester United man. Manager Tony Pulis said the club hopes to have him back in action for the upcoming weekend against Sunderland. "We were not expecting him to miss the Spurs game so we’re taking nothing for granted. It’s a different injury to his earlier problem but it is in the same area as his calf. We will have to wait and see." Meanwhile, Nyom continues to miss out as the club waits to receive international clearance from Cameroon, who is also holding up Joel Matip at Liverpool. But FIFA is set to intervene this week with the hope of clearing them for the weekend.
Jan 16 - 5:28 PM

Jonny Evans appeared close to a return for Week 17 but here we are at Week 18 and he's still not a sure thing to start against the Gunners.

Evans has been out for a few weeks with a calf complaint and he looked ready to take on his former club, Manchester United last weekend but he wasn't quite ready. The way the injury and his chances of playing were described it sounded like a sure thing that he'd be ready with another eight days to prepare. Apparently not so as Tony Pulis has indicated that while he's "hoping" that Evans will be ready he may not be. Certainly doesn't sound like anything you should be basing a fantasy line-up on.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:18:00 PM

Jonny Evans faces a late check on his calf ahead of the Week 17 match between West Brom and his former club Manchester United at the Hawthorns.

Tony Pulis was down to two center backs in his starting line-up for Albion's 3-1 midweek win over struggling Swansea City. Whether that was a tactical decision to take advantage of the Swans' poor form or the result of Evans' health and Craig Dawson's suspension isn't clear. With a more talented opponent arriving at the Hawthorns over the weekend Pulis will likely revert to at least three center backs. Dawson is back to join Gareth McAuley and the manager will hope that Evans is fit to make it a trio. If not, expect Jonas Olsson to be the third center back against the Red Devils.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 12:09:00 PM

Jonny Evans missed last weekend's loss to Liverpool at Anfield due to suspension but will be back in Week 10 for the visit of Manchester City.

Playing against Manchester City is not exactly the time you want to invest in a defender or re-insert him into your line-up. Albion have been resolute in their defending as is the habit of Tony Pulis teams. Evans may well have lots of opportunities for tackles won and passes intercepted but that must be balanced by the potential downside of the avalanche of negative points for yellow cards (which is why Evans was suspended) and goals against. Even with City struggling recently, my inclination would be to stay away.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 10:42:00 AM

An unexpected result at the Hawthorns today as West Bromwich Albion were defeated 0-1 by Norwich City.

The Baggies had not lost a league match at home since Christmas. The Canaries had not won a match on any ground since the 2nd of January. Naturally, today's result went the opposite direction of these long-running trends. Jonny Evans returned from injury to get a start in the West Brom defense along with Craig Dawson who overcame a knock picked up last week. Norwich didn't threaten much, but they made the most of their limited chances with the lone goal of the match in the 50th minute. The Baggies came closest late on, when Salomon Rondon, who has been on fire in recent weeks, got the ball in a dangerous area, but Seb Bassong made a crucial tackle before Rondon could get a shot away. In fact, the Baggies failed to register a single shot on target on the day, running into a Norwich side that suddenly has learned how to defend.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Mar 19, 2016 01:34:00 PM

Jonny Evans will miss the visit of his former club, Manchester United, while still suffering from the effects of a hamstring injury.

The Northern Ireland center back has been on the verge of a comeback for a few weeks now but Week 29 will come too soon for a return. Craig Dawson, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson and James Chester are likely to continue as the Baggies defensive starters in front of Ben Foster. Evans looks likely to be ready for a return for Week 30.
Fri, Mar 4, 2016 12:01:00 PM

With Chris Brunt out, Jonny Evans is in line for an immediate return to the starting line-up if he can regain his fitness in time but that's no sure thing.

James Chester filled in for Brunt after he went off on a stretcher in West Brom's 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday. Whether it is Chester or Evans who makes the start against the league-leading Foxes, one this is for sure, there will be less attacking impetus from the left back spot than there has been. In a side that has struggled for goals all season, that can't be a good thing. Given the opposition, it's hard to see risking a spot in your line-up on either Evans or Chester.
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 09:26:00 AM

Tony Pulis remains "hopeful" that defender Jonny Evans will be fit for the visit of Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Baggies boss was talking ahead of his sides’ game at the Hawthorns on Saturday with the news coming a huge surprise after the defender was initially ruled out for several weeks. "We are hoping Evans will be fit, so our fingers are crossed with that one," revealed Pulis. "We will look at a couple of others too." Gareth McAuley (hamstring) and Craig Dawson (ankle) have trained and will face Palace as long as neither suffer a setback. Alex Pritchard has impressed since his arrival on-loan from Tottenham but: "He's been out injured for a long time so it's about being patient."
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, Feb 26, 2016 07:22:00 AM