Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher said that he would like to remain with Stoke City if the club needs him next season. The player who is currently 34 years old said that he would like to help the team fight for promotion again next season and that he is ready to play in the […]
Darren Fletcher has said that he is looking forward to the challenge ahead after leaving West Brom for Stoke. The Scot’s move to the Potters took many by surprise, as Albion were negotiating with Fletcher over a new deal before rivals Stoke nipped in and persuaded him to move to Tony Pulis’ former club.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is confident that Darren Fletcher can lead Scotland in the absence of Scott Brown ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifiers. The team has suffered setbacks as Brown, Matt Ritchie and Stuart Armstrong have withdrawn from the games due to fitness concerns. Scotland needs to win the forthcoming two games against […]
Everton midfielder Darren Fletcher believes that Wayne Rooney has made the best decision by signing for his boyhood club. He said that Rooney is a terrific player and that he will be a major asset for Everton this season. Wayne Rooney has rejoined Everton after 13 years spent at Manchester United. Indeed the England international […]
West Bromwich Albion are set to splash up to £21 million to land Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson this summer. The Baggies reportedly submitted a bid of £18 million upfront and £3 million in add-ons for the player. However, Boro, who relegated to the Championship, rejected the improved bid for the third time. The club chair […]
Darren Fletcher has offered some insight into the defining roles former teammate, Roy Keane and Alex Ferguson played in his career having come through the ranks at Manchester United and made over 300 appearances before leaving for West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2015.
It had been widely said that Keane didn’t rate Fletcher high during their time together at Old Trafford. The Scottish midfielder was said to one of the players Keane was heavily critical of in his infamous MUTV punditry video in 2005.
However,32-year-old Fletcher says that Keane had always been his source of encouragement, and that he had helped shaped him (Fletcher) both as aplayer and also, as anindividual. “It frustrates me to know that some people think Roy didn’t rate me because he moulded me more than any player I have known. The midfielder however revealed, “Though he was hard but he was always fair”.
West Brom defender Jonny Evans has branded captain Darren Fletcher as an intelligent leader who has been central towards the club’s successes this season.
A spectacular 3-1 win over Arsenal just before the international break helped West Brom move up to eighth in the Premier league table. Fletcher was instrumental in this victory, as he marshalled his team from the centre of the park. He was able to keep on top of every proceeding in the 90 minutes. Thus, he ensured that West Brom gave no opportunities for Arsenal to come back into the match. West Brom had scored from a counter-attack and two set pieces.
Evans had the experience of being alongside Fletcher in the squad when he was at Manchester United. He says that the 33-year-old has really been an outstanding leader in the dressing room and on the pitch. His experience of playing under a great manager Sir Alex Ferguson has provided him with knowledge about when to put the arm around the shoulder and when to be authoritative.
Things are looking pretty right now for Tony Pulis and his merry band of Premier League superstars. Eighth in the table and seven points clear of Stoke in ninth, it appears the Baggies are on for a record haul of points and their highest-ever finish in the Premier League.
Head coach Pulis often has a reputation as a “firefighter” at the expense of good football; however, that reputation is often unfair.
After all, the Welshman has never been relegated as a manager and is perhaps not gaining enough credit for turning West Brom from potential relegation candidates to potential Europa League competitors since taking over the reins in 2015.
What Does the Rest of the Season Hold?
Safety assured and seemingly a top ten spot in the bag, what can Baggies fans look forward to from now until May?
Tony Pulis has no doubt had a tough time during this transfer period.
Most of his bids for new players are currently falling off. Pep Guardiola’s strong desire to hold on to Fabian Delph have totally cut short West Bromic Albion’s hope of signing the midfielder.
Series of enquiries have been made and questions have been asked concerning the 27-year old Manchester City player. For a while now, Guardiola’s keenness on seeing more of Delph shows that City has no interest in a complete sale, or even a loan of the player to any club. Delph has missed many matches this season due to a groin injury and has been inactive since last August.
Delph who has been a very passionate player in England, combined with his energetic, aggressive and experienced style of play, he has checked many of the midfield boxes for Tony Pulis.
Tony Pulis’ men have been impressive in recent Premier League matches and it has sent them to the top six in the current EPL table, though Manchester United are yet to play Everton.
West Brom’s last two home games have seen them score seven goals. A happy captain Darren Fletcher reckons that the team’s recent successes are due to the attacking style of the team.
“Getting James Morrison and Chris Brunt back from injury is almost like having two new signings and Nacer Chadli has come in too. We’re getting the ball in the box, getting more people in the box and attacking a lot more and a lot better,” Fletcher said.
“We were unfortunate before the last international break when we dropped a few points that I thought we should have held on to win.
“Before the Leicester game, we looked at the table and we were fourth from bottom and had been sucked right back in because we played last, but we have responded to that and made that the benchmark,” the captain added.