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Jonny Evans would 'walk' back into Manchester United's starting side, says Souness

Leicester’s Jonny Evans
Leicester’s Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans

Any Northern Ireland fan could have taken Graeme Souness' seat on Sky Sports' Super Sunday last weekend.

His high praise of Leicester City defender Jonny Evans will come as no surprise to the Green and White Army, who have watched their star centre-half excel in his 81 caps at international level.

Evans, of course, began his senior career at Manchester United before being shipped out for only £3.5m to West Brom in 2015.

Fast forward four years and the Old Trafford chiefs shelled-out a world record £80m fee for Evans' then Foxes team-mate Harry Maguire.

As fate would have it, the Northern Irishman would be the one to benefit most from the move, having taken a leading role in the Leicester defence this season by playing every minute of the Premier League campaign so far.

And with Leicester now seven places and five points ahead of United, having conceded two goals less, Liverpool legend Souness reckons Evans is a big reason for the success of Brendan Rodgers' side.

"I'm an enormous fan," he said of the centre-back. "I think at 31, he may have not reached his peak yet. When you look at Man United have at the back, he walks into the Man United team, for me.

"He looks to be a really solid character, not short of ability, a modern centre-back at times, he's more than comfortable to take it in areas where a lot of centre-backs wouldn't.

"He can make passes, senses danger, of course, he should at 31, but he's an all-round top-class centre-half for me."

Evans will be named in Michael O'Neill's latest Northern Ireland squad when the boss, on Thursday, confirms the panel that will take on the Netherlands next week (October 10) in a Euro 2020 qualifier.

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