Rumour Mill: Ched Evans

While the Pompey rumour mill begins to increase following the departure of Matt Clarke to Brighton and releasing some much needed transfer budget, one name is attracting more attention than most – Ched Evans.

Whatever you think of the controversial striker, it is clear that he knows where the back of the net is.

Evans scored 17 goals for Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town last campaign, while also setting up a further four goals which is a return which could be crucial in Pompey’s quest to get promoted to the Championship, especially when there is significant interest in last seasons top-goalscorer Jamal Lowe which could see him depart PO4.

Football isn’t a game which is won on stats, but the Welshman’s figures are impressive, almost averaging a goal every other game with 67% of shots on target, which to many fans would indicate an improvement to the squad which is needed.

Other than Joey Barton tragically trying to replicate Pep with an all black outfit and white kicks on the Fratton touchline (mercifully he stopped short of the grey cardigan), my memory of the Fishermen remains hazy – however, a quick flick through some of his goals last season indicates he is a player who would suit Kenny Jackett football.

Evans is strong in the air for any players looking for the knock-down, he is good on the ball and will look to bring wide men into play which is crucial for a strong counter-attacking team, but most importantly, strikers instinct.

Again, this is only based on some YouTube highlights from last season, but it is abundantly obvious to anyone who follows the same research method as me is he finds himself in positions where the ball drops – it isn’t luck, but knowledge of the best scoring opportunities which are the difference between winning and dropping points.

It sounds obvious, but think of how different the season would have looked without Pitman’s goals in his first season. 

This then leaves the elephant in the room.

To be quite honest this shouldn’t even be a discussion, if given the opportunity, the blues should sign him.

Whether you like it or not, Evans is innocent. He was found innocent by a court of law despite serving his time at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. End of conversation

Instead of paying extortionate amounts of money for a Championship striker which doesn’t start and will still be playing in League One next season, signing another proven goalscorer at this level who suits Pompey’s current style is surely a no brainer.

 James Robbins



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