BARGAIN-BUY EVANS ‘PRICELESS’
HARRY MAGUIRE cost Manchester United £80million as the world’s most expensive defender – and now a £3.5m Old Trafford “reject” is busy rebuilding Leicester’s defence.
Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans (right), who signed for the Foxes as a bargain buy in August 2018, spent nine years at United.
And fellow Ulsterman Gerry Taggart is convinced Evans’ experience is the vital factor for the Foxes, as they reshape a backline without Maguire.
Caglar Soyuncu, 23, had got lost down the Foxes’ pecking order after arriving from SC Freiburg for £19m last year, but was named man of the match against
Wolves last week, with wily Evans a guiding influence.
Taggart said: “Everyone should be thankful that Jonny is at the club. I still can’t understand why Manchester United let him go.
“With Harry Maguire gone, Jonny has had to take extra responsibility.
“But he commands great respect from the other players and is a key man in the defence.
“He reads the game brilliantly and he is a great communicator. It’s the same when he plays for Northern
“It’s no wonder the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal had their eyes on him.”
Boss Brendan Rodgers has called Evans, 31, “the steal of the decade”.
Evans said: “Caglar was excellent against Wolves.
“We’ve proved that life goes on without Harry.”