Honesty in football these days is as rare as a double horned unicorn.
From players kissing the badge then jumping ship at the first opportunity to managers who appear to suffer from weekly 90 minute bouts of blindness, truth is something that is sadly absent from ‘the beautiful game’.
Speaking about his form this season, Jonny Evans admitted he faces a massive task getting back into the first picture,
“This is probably the biggest challenge I have had. It is the first time I have been taken out of the team because of performances.”
I don’t need to go into the detail of Jonny Evans and his performances, they have been well below the high standard he himself set and whilst I have been left disappointed as I know he is way better than he has been showing I must take my hat off for Evans for having the stones to come out and make such an statement.
Many other players more experienced than he have gone through similar rough patches and instead shied away, not willing to take responsibility for their failings but at 22 Evans has shown a maturity that is befitting of a top player. I have always said it must take a player of immense ability and maturity to play center back at United at such a young age and this episode has shown it. It makes him look even better especially in comparison to some of the other player at his age in the game who’s actions show they clearly don’t have the same mentality.
Evans has shown he is a quality defender and at his age it was likely he was going to encounter some bumps in the road of his development and the fact he has realised he has let his standards slip as well as shown an enthusiasm to rectify this matter is encouraging, I just hope he does so quickly.
Well this is just strange!
Watched Jonny in Belfast last week head and sholders above every other defender on the pitch.He makes the game lok easy.
Form is temporary but class is permanent. Ive been his biggest critic thus far in the season but knew its only a form issue as the kid is class. Been impressed with Smalling too, polish him a bit and we could have the next Rio on our hands. Hopefully a bit more robust