Ched: I want to see the season out at City

Michael Bailey Norwich City's on-loan star Ched Evans would welcome the chance to spend the rest of the season at Carrow Road.

Michael Bailey

Norwich City's on-loan star Ched Evans would welcome the chance to spend the rest of the season at Carrow Road.

The 19-year-old began his second 'emergency' loan spell of the season at the Canaries with the first goal in Norwich's 3-1 win at Barnsley last weekend, after he completed an original three-month spell from Manchester City.

The Welsh under 21 international is due to return to Eastlands at the end of next month and the Blues also have the option of recalling him from February 6.


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But the striker admitted he wants to be at a club where he can get games for the remainder of this campaign.

"Yeah, very pleased," said Evans of his return to Norwich. "I didn't know it was going to happen until the last minute again at City, but I was happy that Norwich wanted me back and Sven let me come.

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"I think he's pleased that I'm getting experience and games at the moment. I went back and I was training straight away with the first team and it didn't seem that hard compared to here really. Sven has said if they don't buy a striker then I can come back but if they do then we'll see what happens and I can stay here.

"We'll just decide as we go along really, because we don't know what's happening at City yet. I'm enjoying it here so I'm not fussed either way - I'm getting games."

Evans scored in his first two home games for City, but was still relieved to get on the scoresheet last weekend having gone five games without a goal, and he is desperate to add to his tally at Carrow Road in front of the Canaries' home fans.

"I needed it really because I haven't scored in the last few games I've been playing," admitted Evans. "I just came back refreshed and I just feel lucky to play really, lucky to start, and I'm glad I started with a goal. I did some training and we had a few days off resting my legs because we had a lot of games over the December period, so it did me really good.

"And if I do start, I'm looking forward to starting at Carrow Road again, because I missed that over the few days I was off, the atmosphere and that, so I can't wait really."

The partnership between Evans and veteran striker Dion Dublin caught the eye at Oakwell and promises to be a success during Evans' time here, although he doesn't go around pointing out the 19-year age difference they share.

"No, I wouldn't dare," said Evans. "I thought in the second half we created chances together, we were playing well and playing off each other, so I just hope this Saturday and Tuesday we can do the same and get a convincing win like we did against Barnsley.

"It's good. You've always got someone around you talking to you, keeping you motivated, and you're always going to get chances if you're up front with Dion, so there nothing more I can ask for really, just chances.

"All the time I'm here I'm learning, I'm playing men's football. I'm not in the reserves, so I think that's what I was missing when I was at City because I was playing in the reserves, playing against kids, so I think I've stepped up into playing men's football."

Evans looks set for a recall to the Norwich starting line-up for the match against Leicester City this afternoon (3pm) at Carrow Road.

The striker was ineligible for the FA Cup replay against Bury on Tuesday, but he is expected to start alongside Dion Dublin in attack.

Boss Glenn Roeder has no new injury worries, with right-back Jon Otsemobor fit again after suffering with a sore achilles, so Adam Drury (knee) and Luke Chadwick (shoulder) remain City's only long-term absentees.

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