Ched's goal is bad news for Canaries

PUBLISHED: 18:25 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:36 10 September 2010

Ched Evans (right) celebrates his goal against Iceland with fellow youngster Jack Collison.

Ched Evans (right) celebrates his goal against Iceland with fellow youngster Jack Collison.

Ched Evans' debut goal for Wales has done his claims for Premiership football no harm - but virtually ruined any lingering hopes that Glenn Roeder had of bringing the teenager back to Norwich.

Ched Evans' debut goal for Wales has done his claims for Premiership football no harm - but virtually ruined any lingering hopes that Glenn Roeder had of bringing the teenager back to Norwich.

Evans' 10 goals in 20 starts at City left Canaries fans - and Roeder - wanting more next season.

But the 19-year-old's cheeky back-heel goal against Iceland on Wednesday has simply raised his stock even higher - and Roeder could be the big loser.

Roeder worked wonders to persuade Manchester City not just to allow Evans to come to Norwich last November, but also to allow him back in January and then to stay until the end of the season.

But any chance of getting him back again appear to be slim, with the striker commanding a growing list of fans in the football world.

Wales manager John Toshack clearly believes Evans is destined for the top.

“It was a cracking goal and quick thinking by Ched,” he said. “I don't want to go overboard about him as he's young, but I'm impressed with what I've seen.

“He's got a great shot and is a good finisher, which his goal proved. He's got some way to go, but has a chance.

“He has a natural scoring talent and he took his chance really well. He can be very pleased with himself, but he is just one of several youngsters who produced good performances here.

“Collison and Vokes also made their debuts, and we had several of the Under-21side out on the pitch in the end, but Ched stole the show. He has just signed a new contract at Manchester City and it is pleasing that they are showing confidence in him.

“He has plenty to learn yet, but I am just happy that he is being given his chance at City. Maybe he will go out on loan again next season - he did very well at Norwich last term - but City are clearly going to give him his chance to prove what he can do.”

Evans scored the only goal of the game with virtually his first touch, ensuring he maintained his remarkable record of scoring on his debuts.

“I scored on my debut for the under-21s in Northern Ireland and on my debut for the under-19s against Germany away,” he said. “I also scored on my Norwich debut so it is just a little habit I am getting into.

“I could not have asked for anything better. It was a bit fluky really because I do not usually try things like that, but I am glad it came off.

“All I can remember is adjusting my feet, and luckily it came off. I won't be celebrating, though - we've got to prepare for Sunday's game in Holland and look to get another positive result.”

His performance has won him even more admirers, including ex-canaries star and team-mate Craig Bellamy, former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe and goalkeeping legend Dai Davies.

“Ched Evans scored on his debut and that is a great bonus for him and a great honour because it is something special,” said Bellamy, who was making his Wales comeback after seven months out injured.

“If he keeps improving he has got a really good future ahead of him. It was the youngest side Wales have ever fielded and I am one of the most senior ones now, which is very different when I came into the squad alongside a large number of experienced players.

“It is very different now with a lot of players being given a chance to shine and hopefully in a couple of years it should pay dividends. Some of those on view could be really special players in the years to come.”

Ratcliffe said: “Joe Ledley has got away from two men and Ched has a lot to do, but, like all goalscorers, he knows where the goal is. He looks something else and could be one hell of a player.”

“The confidence Evans showed for a teenager on his debut was incredible,” added Davies. “You can tell he expected to score from that position.”

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