Sheffield United striker Ched Evans has joined League One side Fleetwood Town on a permanent deal.
The Blades confirmed on their official website that the 30-year-old striker has re-joined the Cod Army after spending the 2018/19 season on loan under Joey Barton’s side, where Evans hit 18 goals in all competitions (per Transfermarkt).
Evans becomes Sheffield United’s first major sale of the transfer window in what has been a busy few weeks for the newly-promoted Premier League side that has seen the Blades make seven major signings (per Transfermarkt).
With Billy Sharp still proving to be dangerous in front of goal based on his 23 goals last season in the Championship (per Transfermarkt) and the Blades breaking their club-transfer record twice on two strikers this summer in the form of Lys Mousset (per BBC Sport) and more recently Oli McBurnie (per BBC Sport), it seemed likely that Evans was destined for a permanent move away from Sheffield this summer.
Although the former Wales international impressed in League One last season, the striker seemingly appeared not to be in Chris Wilder’s plans for the upcoming Premier League campaign with the Blades based on his zero appearances this pre-season (per Sheffield United’s official website).
And with Barton admitting to Fleetwood Weekly News last April that he was keen on making Evans a permanent signing, it seemed like only a matter of time before the striker made the switch to the Fisherman on a full-time basis.
As Sheffield United prepare for their biggest and most important season in years, clearing out some of the deadwood was always going to be an important objective for Wilder this summer, and selling Evans is a step in the right direction.
With the club also going big on strikers this summer with the signing of Mousset and McBurnie on top of having Sharp amongst their ranks, Evans’ spot in the senior squad was thrown even further into doubt, meaning a permanent move away from Bramall Lane made reasonable sense for the former Chesterfield striker.
Evans thrived with Fleetwood last season, and although the former Welsh international won’t be able to taste top-flight football this time, the striker joins a side where he knows he will a key figure for Barton’s team.
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