Player of the Day: Jonny Evans

by Stuart Vose

Loanee defender profiled.

Jonny Evans is proof that the loan system can be extremely beneficial for all parties involved - helping the loan club, the player himself and the parent side.

The Manchester United youngster was looking for first-team experience when he joined Sunderland on loan in January 2007 following a spell with Royal Antwerp.

He fitted in superbly on Wearside as Roy Keane’s team stormed to the 2006-07 Championship title and an immediate return to the big time.

Such was Evans’ form that he was voted as the club’s Young Player of the Year despite only playing half the season, making 18 appearances in total.

He returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2007 but was back at the Stadium of Light the following January, again playing a regular role and this time helping the Black Cats to retain their Barclays Premier League status.

Evans make a total of 35 appearances across the two spells, scoring one goal – a third-minute effort against Hull on Wearside in March 2007.

And the loan spell helped Evans make his mark as he has featured regularly for United since his return.

The defender has enjoyed plenty of success, clocking up 165 senior appearances for the Red Devils so far at the age of 25.

Evans’ trophy cabinet is already heaving despite his tender age, with his haul including three Premier League titles and two League Cups.

He has also been capped 35 times at international level by Northern Ireland, scoring once.