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West Brom's Pulis: Influential ex-Man Utd midfielder Fletcher has 'stature'

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has backed his decision to appoint Darren Fletcher as the new captain of the club.

The Baggies boss replaced regular skipper Chris Brunt with the former Manchester United midfielder for the weekend's 2-2 draw with Burnley and insists the January signing will make a positive impact in his new role.

"Brunty was asked to be captain a while back I think and he took it," said Pulis. "I don't think he has ever said he wanted to be captain or anything like that. He was asked and he took it.

"I think Darren has come into the football club and he's got a bit of stature about himself. The other players have responded very well to him.

"I always had it in my mind that it (the signing of Fletcher) wouldn't be just about him playing, it would be his influence, the way he trains, the way he works, the way he lives his life. He is a wonderful character and hopefully that will rub off on other people."

Pulis added: "Darren might be wearing the armband, we might expect a lot of him, but there are other people who can join in and contribute. That is the way I have always been."

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