Roeder signs Wales' man of the moment

Glenn Roeder completed his fourth loan signing since taking over the reins at Carrow Road when he snapped up in-form Manchester City striker Ched Evans.

Glenn Roeder completed his fourth loan signing since taking over the reins at Carrow Road when he snapped up in-form Manchester City striker Ched Evans.

The Canaries boss acquired the services of the young frontman the day after the 18-year-old had scored a hat-trick for Wales Under-21s against France.

Evans netted an exquisite opener for the hosts just before the break in the European Championship qualifier at Ninian Park - and then rammed home two late penalties to secure an excellent 4-2 victory.

The match may have attracted a crowd of just 250 - but it was shown live on Sky Sports. So the young frontman shouldn't be a completely unknown quantity if he is thrown straight in at the deep end by the Canaries against Coventry on Saturday.

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Indeed Norwich fans may also remember Evans from this season's Carling Cup at Manchester City, when he came on to make his debut for Sven Goran Eriksson's side in a 1-0 victory.

The young Welshman hasn't featured for the first team since then and has been sent to Carrow Road to get some experience at Championship level.

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Evans is looking forward to his spell with Canaries, which is set to run until January 1 as it stands at present.

“It's just a great club,” he told City's official website. “It's a good opportunity to play in the Championship and play at a good level of football.

“I'm doing well at the moment. I just want to see if I can do it in the Championship really, that'll be the challenge.

“If I can go out on loan and do well then hopefully I can break into Manchester City's first team. If I do well at Norwich it gives me every chance.

“It's a great challenge. I've been looking at the games and there haven't been many goals, so I'm looking forward to coming, hopefully scoring some goals for them and getting them off the bottom.

”I need to be playing competitive football now really. I'm looking forward to coming.”

Evans said his international hat-trick had put him in good heart for the challenges that lie ahead at Carrow Road.

“I was proud of that,” he said. “It was a great moment. Getting three against the French for my country - I couldn't have asked for any more. It was live on Sky and probably the biggest game I've ever played in.”

Evans joins Martin Taylor (Birmingham), Matty Pattison (Newcastle) and Mo Camara (Derby) as Roeder signings at Norwich, with all apart from Taylor having joined since the 3-0 drubbing at Plymouth on November 10.

On top of that Chelsea's Jimmy Smith signed for the club on a temporary basis before the new boss arrived.

Roeder can name a maximum of five loan players in any one squad - but there is nothing to stop him bringing in even more reinforcements if he sees fit.

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