Head Coach of English Premier League outfit West Brom, Tony Pulis, has signed Queen Park Rangers winger ahead of the coming season.
The talented 25-year old player Matt Philips agreed to a move from QPR after his friends at the club Darren Fletcher and Sandro eased his fears.
The Scottish international, who plays wide at QPR, has been on the target list of West Brom Albion for some time until Pulis was able to convince him to join the club. The club refused to disclose his transfer fee but confirmed that they have signed the player on a four-year deal. Philips arrives just in time for the move to Austria for training.
Pulis spoke about the deal. He said: “We’re really pleased to have Matty on board. This is a great chance for him to show everyone he belongs in the top flight of English football.” The Technical Director Nick Hammond confirmed that the player had been under the club’s radar for a while now and they the club was “very pleased to have finally”
Darren Fletcher has said that Scotland is going to learn from defeat against Italy.
For him, it is important to play against the top sides in order to find out your weakness. Although Italy has been dominant throughout the game, Darren Fletcher believes that the match has been quite useful in order to assess their game.
The only goal of the game came through GrazianoPelle, who fired an excellent shot from more than 20 yards to give the Scotland keeper no chance.
Fletcher stated that Scotland learned a lot during the game even if it ended in defeat. He believes that they did not keep the ball well and that they will need to work on their ball possession. However, he thinks that the team showed great determination and also motivation in order to fight against a far better side.
For Fletcher, there is still room for improvement, and he believes that the Scotland team can still improve if they stick together and continue to work on the training ground. He said that the team would need to learn how to defend against the better side instead of just sitting back and inviting the opposing team to come to them.
Darren Fletcher has called upon West Brom to cause an upset in the title race by beating Tottenham on Monday night.
West Brom have little to play the remainder of the campaign, but they are a potential stumbling block for Tottenham in the race for the Premier League title. Spurs are in contention with Leicester City at the top of the table. Being the chasing pack, Spurs need to match the achievements of Leicester City during the weekend. Claudio Ranieri’s men extended their lead to 8 points after a 4-0 win over Swansea.
Spurs will now look to reduce the deficit back to 5 points with a win over West Brom, but captain Darren Fletcher claims that the Midlands club will not roll over since they have nothing to play in the campaign. The former Manchester United midfielder claims that West Brom can play for pride when they visit Spurs at White Hart Lane on Monday night. Fletcher has a lot of experience of playing in title races. He won four league titles with United before joining West Brom. Spurs, though, are involved in their first race in the league since the 1960s. West Brom have managed just one victory in the last five games.
West Bromwich Albion was held to a surprising defeat after losing against Reading in the FA Cup when both sides faced off on February 20 at the Madejski Stadium.
The team that is fighting in the middle section of the English League Championship managed to overcome West Bromwich Albion with a final scoreboard of 3-1.
The result was not the only noteworthy thing that occurred in the game but there was something else that has reached the headlines of websites and it involves Chris Brunt who received a hit from a fan who launched a 50 pence piece at the player which just narrowly crossed his eye.
Darren Fletcher is an experienced player who at the age of 32 knows what it’s like to be hated and loved by the supporters of a club and the Scottish player stated that these kinds of things happen but the players have to get used to it as it will happen from time to time.
Jamie Redknapp says Darren Fletcher is showing why Tony Pulis put the faith in him and bought him from Manchester United.
According to Redknapp, Fletcher is the ideal character to be in the side for a manager as he has got tremendous fighting abilities and also, a winning mindset.
Redknapp was looking very impressed with Fletcher’s strike the other day in the game versus Newcastle United which led West Bromwich Albion to their first win in English top tier in 5 weeks.
After the Gunners’ game which they had won on 21st of November, the Baggies had been going winless and were in desperate need to turn the corner and they were able to do so thanks to Fletcher.
Lauding the veteran midfielder on a television show, Redknapp said, “When you have your backs against the wall, it’s about showing character and Fletcher is the kind of individual who would do that.”
“His fighting abilities make him stand apart from the others. He is quite steely. You see in spite of the health and injury issues that he has had at different stages in his career, the way he has come back and got his career back on track, it shows what he’s made of.”
West Brom had the poor record of blowing a lead twice at home this season, but they managed to keep the nerves in the 2-1 win over Arsenal during the weekend.
It was mightily impressive victory, but the club were certainly helped by Arsenal missing a penalty. Even then, the players can be proud of the victory and former Manchester United defender Darren Fletcher was especially happy with the resilience shown by the players. This victory was crucial for the club as it came on the back of two consecutive defeats in the league. It looked like they were heading more for the same when Olivier Giroud scored the opening goal in the 28th minute.
Even though Darren Fletcher spent over 10 years of his playing career in Old Trafford, the experienced midfielder said that it wasn’t difficult for him to leave the Premier League club as he left on February 2 of 2015 and joined West Bromwich Albion.
Players who manage to get a significantly high amount of appearances for a club usually build a special relationship with that club and Fletcher made over 220 appearances for Manchester United and started to help the club in Old Trafford in snatching titles since the early age of 11 but even with everything that Fletcher accomplished with the English side, it always was something that he was prepared to do.
Former Manchester United player, Fletcher said: "Leaving United wasn't as difficult as I would have thought really. Obviously I've got great memories and great friends there, but it wasn't a wrench because I was prepared for it and I felt my time there was up.’’
Darren Fletcher has a pretty amazing story as the veteran midfielder has recovered from a career-threatening illness and at the age of 31, the Scottish player still continues to prove what a class act that he is.
After having spent 13 years in Manchester United, he made a move to West Bromwich Albion and his career has taken a boost as the player is performing better than ever.
Even if Darren Fletcher is playing at his best, you might still not see his name in the score-sheet of the team where he is performing in. To truly appreciate the contributions that Fletcher does in a pitch, you have to actually see the match as the veteran midfielder controls games.
The way he distributes the ball in the center of the pitch, the Scottish midfielder rarely losses the ball always knows the player to pass the ball and even in the most difficult or pressurized of situations, his distribution in the playing ground is remarkable.
However, even with the revival that Darren Fletcher has experienced it still has not been enough to completely push West Bromwich Albion out from the possibility of getting relegated in this season.
Darren Fletcher reached an amicable agreement with Manchester United that allowed him to leave the club for a free transfer. Fletcher had been at United since the start of his career, but it became clear that he was no longer in the plans of manager Louis van Gaal.
The Scotland captain has missed a lot of football in the last few years due to chronic illness. Keen to avoid more time being lost the game, the midfielder decided to move to West Brom in the January transfer window. In his first press conference as a West Brom player, Fletcher says that he moved to the hawthorns for regular game time.
After recently returning from a long-term injury, Darren Fletcher has been featuring regularly for Manchester United and Scotland.
He was part of the Scottish team that was defeated 3-1 by archrivals England in a friendly match. This was seen as a major opportunity for Gordon Strachan to show that he has made a lot of progress since taking over. Even though it was only a friendly match, both teams were extremely keen on winning. It was England who continue to their impressive form after Wayne Rooney and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the goals to seal a victory.
Andrew Robertson found the back of the net for Scotland, but his 83rd minute goal was merely a consolation. Fletcher said after the match that Scotland could have played much better and it would have helped them get a better result against their arch rivals. He pointed out that his team were not patient enough nor did they pass the ball with a lot of success. Fletcher was once a regular starter for Scotland, but his injury problems have now made him a substitute. He came on for Scott Brown as a second-half substitute against England.