Blades: Cherry-fying Ched ‘will strike fear in Bournemouth defence’

Prolific spell: Hard-working striker Ched Evans has netted eight times during United's seven-match unbeaten run.
Prolific spell: Hard-working striker Ched Evans has netted eight times during United's seven-match unbeaten run.
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IN-FORM striker Ched Evans has been tipped as the man who will make the difference when Sheffield United clash with Bournemouth today.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Sam Vokes, who boasts spells with both clubs on his CV, predicted his fellow Welshman Evans could tip the balance in favour of the Blades at the Seward Stadium.

“Ched is a workhorse and he always puts in a shift for the team,” he said. “The main part to his game though is that he’s a massive goal threat.

“When you are in the type of form he is then he’ll be looking for a goal every time he gets the ball.

“He is going to be a big threat to Bournemouth.”

Meanwhile, Lecsinel Jean-Francois is looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Marcus Williams as the Reading defender closes in on a return to Sheffield United.

Talks between Williams - who recently spent three months on loan with Danny Wilson’s side – and

Bramall Lane’s hierarchy are scheduled to continue next week with the 25-year-old intent on agreeing a permanent transfer to South Yorkshire.

Having only just regained a place in United’s starting eleven, Jean-Francois last night acknowledged that, should those talks reach a successful conclusion, his hopes of an extended run in the team could once again be in jeopardy.

But the Haiti international said: “If he signs I think it will be good for the team because we need some strength in the squad. I know it is for the team benefit.

“It is frustrating not to be playing but when Marcus came in I was banned for one match.

“He took his chance and opportunity to be in the team and I think he has done well.

“It was hard because Marcus and I have a good understanding. It was good to fight

him for a place in the side and we are fighting for the same things.”

With Williams unable to feature for United again until next month, Jean-Francois seems

certain to start today’s League One fixture at Bournemouth.

“I should be starting because I started the season well and played some good games,” he said. “I don’t think I have cost us goals or points,” he said.

“Marcus came in and I had to deal with it. I have done.

“It is such a pleasure to be back in the team after two months of being on the bench.

“I went away with the international team so I have had to fight to get my place back.

“I’m really happy to be in here again, very very happy.”

United’s latest opponents are 14th in the table but have already claimed the scalps of Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Preston North End this term.

United, who remained fifth following last weekend’s victory over Rochdale, will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven games, with Evans scoring eight goals since November’s 2-1 reverse at Stevenage.

However, James Beattie is not expected to feature after suffering a setback in his battle for fitness. The former England striker spent a brief spell training with Bournemouth before agreeing a contract with United.