Ched’s high fives!

All smiles: Sheffield United striker Ched Evans has been in prolific form since returning from injury this term
All smiles: Sheffield United striker Ched Evans has been in prolific form since returning from injury this term
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CHED Evans has been nominated for the League One Player of the Month Award.

The Sheffield United striker, who was last night named among November’s contenders, could become the second member of Danny Wilson’s squad to be recognised by the governing body after Harry Maguire scooped the youngsters’ version of the trophy in August. Michael Morrison of Charlton Athletic, Bury’s Peter Sweeney and Jobo Ibhere of MK Dons complete the four man shortlist.

Evans cut a forlorn and at times disconsolate figure during his first two seasons at Bramall Lane but the Wales international’s rise to prominence has been one of the stories of the campaign so far at a club which returns to action when Rochdale visit South Yorkshire this weekend.

United’s Stephen Quinn said: “Ched is really on fire at the moment. I think that is plain for everyone to see but none of us ever doubted his ability. He’s certainly showing people what he’s capable of now and long may it continue.”

Evans, whose brace during Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Torquay means he has now netted 11 times since returning from injury in September, scored five goals in as many appearances last month. Ibhere boasts two from three while Morrison and Sweeney have been put forward for a series of impressive displays in defence and midfield.

Wilson recently expressed satisfaction with the attacking options at his disposal despite seeing loanees Matt Phillips and Billy Clarke return to Blackpool following the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat by Bradford City.

Phillips has gone on to cement a place in the Championship club’s plans since then but Clarke, whose appreciation of time and space impressed United’s coaching staff, has featured just once.

That, combined with the fierce competition for places at Bloomfield Road, has raised the possibility Clarke could seek to broker another temporary switch during the forthcoming transfer window although sources in Lancashire suggest he has already been pencilled in to start Blackpool’s FA Cup third round tie with either Yeovil or Fleetwood on January 7.