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Jonny Evans: Breakthrough of the Week

Posted by hakanrylander on September 26, 2008


Sir Alex Ferguson heaped praise on Jonny Evans this week. “Jonny showed why one day he will be a regular Manchester United centre-half.”  Ferguson often make positive comments about youngsters at the club, but this was unusually strong words. Particulary considering that to be a regular Evans (born 1988) will have to force himself past Ferdinand (1978) or Vidic (1981) who both appear able to go on for several more years at the highest level. But Ferguson is probably right. Judging by Evans’ performances against Villareal and Chelsea he has a great future in the game.

Up until last week Evans’ most impressive games had been for other teams, with 11 caps for Northern Ireland and 33 games for Sunderland under his belt. Sunderland’s manager was indeed very keen to sign him this summer. Even so I don’t hesitate to call the Chelsea-game his breakthrough. He stood firm during periods of sustained pressure and looked good in the air and comfortable on the ball. If he can cope at Stamford Bridge he can cope anywhere. I hope Ferguson will not restrict his starts to the occasions when Ferdinand or Vidic are injured or suspended.

2 Responses to “Jonny Evans: Breakthrough of the Week”

  1. That does sound like a special talent.
    Is he a ManU academy graduate?

  2. hakanrylander said

    Yes, he joined the United Academy as a 16-year-old in July 2004 from Greenisland FC in Northern Ireland. Watch out for his brother Corrie (born 1990) who is a versatile midfielder/defender in the United Academy.

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