West Brom boss Alan Pardew sets points target for safety

Arsenal and Manchester City face fight from Everton and West Ham for West Brom star Jonny Evans

Arsenal and Manchester City face fight from Everton and West Ham for West Brom star Jonny Evans

Everton may encounter a problem in prising Evans from the Hawthorns in the shape of new Albion manager Alan Pardew who is a keen admirer of the player and tried to sign him when he was in charge at Newcastle United.

"Jonny Evans is certainly one of them, and he's our captain". Do I want to lose him? Of course I do.

"There's interest in him because there was in the summer and it makes sense to stir it up - it makes good headlines for the media", said Pardew.

"I understand that, we deal with it and Jonny has dealt with it in his own way".

"He was terrific for me. I can only go on his performance and he was outstanding for me against Crystal Palace and [now] we go to Swansea".

Next up for West Brom is a crucial trip to Wales to take on Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday, and with the tough fixtures that lie ahead, it will be vital for Pardew's men to pick up all three points at the Liberty Stadium. "I've learnt that the players have a thirst for success and a determination to turn things around", added Pardew.

"A win would lift the confidence of the players".

"We need to turn up on Saturday afternoon and we need to win the game". Football is about results. We need to win at least nine games. Hopefully after Saturday it will be eight.

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