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Ched Evans
Ramsey101.jpg

Evans (left) shown alongside Wales Under-21
team mates Aaron Ramsey (centre) and Christian Ribeiro.

Personal information
Full name Chedwyn Michael Evans[1]
Date of birth 28 December 1988 (1988-12-28) (age 21)
Place of birth    Rhyl, Wales
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Sheffield United
Number 9
Youth career
2000–2002
2002–2007
Chester City
Manchester City
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2007–2009
2007–2008
2009–
Manchester City
Norwich City (loan)
Sheffield United
16 0(1)
28 (10)
31 0(3)   
National team2
2006–2007
2007–
2008–
Wales U19
Wales U21
Wales
04 0(1)
13 (13)
12 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 21:37, 9 March 2010 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 21:40, 3 March 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Chedwyn Michael "Ched" Evans (born 28 December 1988 in Rhyl) is a Wales international footballer currently playing as a striker for Sheffield United.

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Club career

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Manchester City

Evans began his playing career in Rhyl and was spotted by football scout John Reardon. Ched spent several years scoring many goals at Chester City's youth set-up before it folded. He scored the winning goal in the Nathan Fennah Memorial game at the Deva Stadium in Chester City's U12s' 1–0 win against Wigan U12s. Evans played and starred for Moss Valley Rovers in many summer tournaments in the North West. Manchester City signed him, on Reardon's advice, in 2002 following the collapse of Chester City's youth system. Contrary to some reports, he was never at Manchester United's youth system on trial or otherwise.

In the 2006–07 season, Evans scored 16 goals in 23 starts at Academy level, and a further six in 10 starts in the Premier Reserve League. He was also in the side that reached the final of the 2006 FA Youth Cup where they lost to Liverpool.

In September 2007, Evans came off the bench to make his senior début in City’s 1-0 Carling Cup victory against Norwich City.[2] The striker had scored a hat-trick for the reserves at Sunderland the week before and a brace against Bury.

On 21 November, Evans moved to Norwich City on loan until 1 January 2008.[3] He made his début for the Canaries the following week when he came on as a substitute in the 3–1 victory over Blackpool. His first goal for the club came just two minutes into his first start in the 2–1 victory over Plymouth Argyle on 4 December. He then scored the winning goal in Norwich's next game, a 1–0 win over Sheffield United at Carrow Road on 8 December. Evans returned to Manchester City after 1 January when the loan deal expired.

Initially, Norwich manager Glenn Roeder's attempts to extend the loan were refused, however, on 10 January, the club announced that Evans would return to Norwich on loan until 26 February, with Manchester City initially able to recall him after 6 February, however, after talks between the two clubs at the end of January 2008, it was announced that Evans would be staying with the Carrow Road club until the end of the season. Then-manager Sven-Göran Eriksson stated he had no plans to sell Evans and that he would not be sold in the summer window.

On 13 April, Evans scored his first goal in an East Anglian Derby. At the end of his loan spell, he had notched up 10 goals from 20 starts and eight substitute appearances — an impressive ratio in a struggling Norwich side.

Evans made his Premiership debut for Manchester City on 18 August, on the opening game of the season, against Aston Villa. He wasn't chosen for the starting eleven, but replaced Valeri Bojinov, who suffered another long term injury during the pre-game warmup. Evans scored his first Premier League goal for Manchester City against Portsmouth on 21 September, scoring the fifth goal as City went on to win 6-0.[4] With City's acquisition of Craig Bellamy and later Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tévez, left in order to get more first team football.[5]

Sheffield United

Evans joined Sheffield United for a fee of £3m on a three year deal in July 2009[6] making his début for the Blades in the first game of the new season; a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough[7] Having bagged a brace for the Wales U21s during the midweek fixtures he then scored his first goal in Blades colours on his home début, a 2-0 win over Watford.[8]

International career

Wales U21s

Evans gained his his first Wales U21 cap in 2007. Since winning his first cap he has become a regular member of the squad and on 20 November 2007 he scored a hat-trick against France U21s.[9] In doing so he became only the fourth player to have scored a hat-trick for the under-21 side, along with John Hartson, Craig Davies and Lee Jones. Evans scored a brace against Bosnia and Herzegovina U21s on 10 October 2009, taking his tally for the Welsh U21s to 13 goals in 12 games, further cementing his place as the side's top-scorer.[10]

Wales

Evans made his senior debut for Wales on 28 May 2008, scoring the winning goal (with a back heel) in a 1-0 victory against Iceland.[11] He has since gone on to be a regular in manager John Toshack's squad.

References

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. http://www.findmypast.com/post84BMDSearchStart.action?redef=0&searchType=B. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Man City 1-0 Norwich". BBC Sport. 2007-09-25. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/7008012.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  3. ^ "Norwich recruit Man City striker". BBC Sport. 2008-11-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/norwich/7107131.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  4. ^ "Man City 6-0 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 2008-09-21. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/7613925.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  5. ^ "Ched Evans: I just couldn't handle it at Man City". South Wales Echo. 26 July 2009. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/footballnation/football-news/2009/07/26/ched-evans-i-just-couldn-t-handle-it-at-man-city-91466-24240032/. 
  6. ^ "Blackwell completes triple deal". sufc.co.uk. 2009-07-24. http://www.sufc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10418~1732306,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Boro 0 - 0 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. 2009-08-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/8185178.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  8. ^ "Ched Evans almighty as Blades bury Watford". London: TimesOnline. 2009-08-15. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/football_league/article6797561.ece. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  9. ^ "Wales U21 4-2 France U21". BBC Sport. 2007-11-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_of_wales/7100787.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  10. ^ Wales U21 2-0 Bosnia-H U21
  11. ^ "Iceland 0-1 Wales". BBC Sport. 2008-05-28. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/7415117.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 

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