Kieron Evans warming up with the Cardiff City first team

As per Wales Online, Cardiff City prodigy Kieron Evans has attracted the interest of Newcastle, Sheffield United, West Brom and Burnley.

Evans has sparkled as part of a resurgent Cardiff City U23 side this season and has emerged as one of the chief beneficiaries from the Bluebirds’ newfound philosophy on bridging the gap between academy and senior football.

Evans has featured in Cardiff’s eighteen-man squad on four occasions across the 2020-21 campaign as a result of his scintillating performances for Steve Morrison’s side. 

Capable of operating in a wide range of positions, the Wales youth international is most comfortable in an attacking midfield role, frequently interchanging with Isaak Davies to form a devastating partnership.

Evans has spent time deployed on the left wing where he uses his low centre of gravity and ability to drive forward with the ball to terrorise opposition defences.

And the last few matches have put top division suitors on red alert. In the young Bluebirds’ most recent affair – a Severnside Derby clash with league leaders Bristol City  – Evans struck Cardiff’s third goal of the afternoon in a resounding 3-0 victory, continuing their red hot form of six wins from seven. 

Previously, the 19-year-old also found the back of the net in recent triumphs over Millwall and Ipswich, swiftly igniting rave reviews from those who tuned in.

It is well known that the diminutive playmaker is an individual held in high regard throughout the club. Academy coaches have long waxed lyrical over Evans, who, along with Rubin Colwill and Isaak Davies, is regarded as one of the hottest young talents in the Welsh capital.

Therefore, the Cardiff City faithful will be longing for Evans to remain in South Wales in order to continue his promising development. 

Many will be hoping it is not a case of Déjà vu with the youngster, too. Back in 2016, Cardiff supporters were left pondering what could have been as Manchester City swooped in for fledgling forward Rabbi Matondo before he had even made his professional debut. 

Should Evans stay or go? My verdict

Not only for the club’s benefit, but it would also be in Evans’s best interests to continue his development at the Cardiff City Stadium.

At the moment, we are witnessing a new era at the club. The likes of Joel Bagan and Mark Harris have progressed to the first team as of late, both receiving a host of opportunities to stamp their mark on senior football – which, it must be said, they have duly made the most of.

It is a widely held view that Evans may be the next youngster to step onto the proverbial elevator and ascend into first team football. Given his classy displays for the youth team, it would come as little surprise.

Moreover, two of the interested parties look destined for a return to the Championship. At the time of writing, West Brom and Sheffield United occupy the bottom two places in the topflight, with a vision of survival improbable. 

Newcastle are firmly in a relegation battle, too. Ultimately, it begs the question: What can these clubs offer Evans that Cardiff City can not?

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