James Chester: Wales defender can be West Brom regular - Coleman

James Chester
James Chester started his career at Manchester United, making one appearance

Wales manager Chris Coleman is confident defender James Chester will be a first-team regular at West Brom.

Chester signed from Hull City in July 2015 but has started only once in the Premier League for Tony Pulis' side.

The 26-year-old admits his Euro 2016 ambitions are suffering from his lack of domestic starts but his international boss backs his chances.

"I think given a bit of time he will break into the West Brom team," Coleman said.

"Defensively they're doing well and in all fairness he's played in two or three different positions.

"When he finds his feet I expect him to play regularly for West Brom. But that's not my decision, that's up to Tony."

Warrington-born Chester was part of a three-man central defence at Hull and also with Wales, playing a key role as Coleman's side qualified for next year's European Championship finals in France.

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His rare Albion appearances have come at right-back and Chester does not understand why manager Pulis has not played him more often.

He was an unused substitute on Saturday as West Brom fought back from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 at The Hawthorns.

"To be playing for Wales I have to start for my club. It's impossible to play at this level and not be playing week in, week out," Chester said.

Coleman says there are plenty of places to be won in his 23-man squad for the Euros.

But the former Fulham and Coventry manager has warned players need to be playing regular first-team football to have a chance of making the squad for France.

"They know they need to be playing regularly," Coleman told BBC's Football Focus.

"If you're on the periphery of the squad you've got a better chance if you're playing regularly and playing well to make that final cut."

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