West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has credited new signing Darren Fletcher with helping the club’s revival and slow move away from the relegation zone.
Fletcher left Manchester United in January after spending over a decade at the club but the Scotsman hadn’t been able to regain his first team spot after a lengthy spell out due to illness.
The midfielder did briefly return last season under David Moyes and it appeared he still had a key role to play when Louis van Gaal named him as vice captain at the start of the current campaign.
However, a lack of appearances and poor performances when he did play led to Michael Carrick taking that role and eventually all parties agreed it would be better for Fletcher to leave with no sign of a new contract going beyond this summer.
“He’s been a fantastic signing,” Pulis said.
“He’s a tremendous lad, his enthusiasm and energy levels are top-class. He looks as sprightly as any 20-year-old. He and [James] Morrison dominated the midfield. They’ve played together for Scotland and a lot of good stuff came from those two.”
Fletcher’s last performance in a red shirt came at Huish Park in January when United faced Yeovil Town in the FA Cup. Whilst United fans were fully behind a popular player, it was evident his performances were no longer good enough for a club like United.
He made his debut for West Brom against Burnley, helping his new side come from 2-0 down to earn a draw and took the captaincy straight away upon his arrival at the Hawthorns.
It’s great to see Fletcher doing so well at West Brom and playing regular first-team football once again as after all the struggles he endured, he deserves to be back on the pitch.