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On fire: Ched Evans is scoring for fun for United

On fire: Ched Evans is scoring for fun for United

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sheffield United goalkeeper Steve Simonsen says Ched Evans is the country’s most in-form striker.

And the Blades shot-stopper, who hopes to keep his sixth clean sheet in seven matches on Tuesday at Bramall Lane against Notts County, is adamant that he wouldn’t swap Evans for any other League One centre forward.

Steve Simonsen  is a big admirer of striker Ched Evans

Steve Simonsen is a big admirer of striker Ched Evans

“Absolutely not,” he said. “He’s on fire at the moment. He’s the hottest striker in the league at the moment.

“He’s probably the hottest striker in the country.

“His goals to games ratio is superb and any striker would envy it.”

“He’s had problems over the last few years, as we all know, and he struggled to get fit for the start of this season as well. But now he’s fully fit he’s firing on all cylinders and he really does look a hot prospect at the moment.”

Evans, aged 22, has scored 13 goals in 18 appearances this season including eight in his last six games.

While the former Manchester City player has often been frustrating to watch, Simonsen believe that, now he is full of confidence, there is no one to match him.

He said: “Ched’s talent is always there.

“Everyone who knows Ched and has seen him over the years will know he’s got the talent.

“I think what has turned it around for him is that he’s consistently doing well in games. He’s hitting the target and once you get a few goals it begins to rain goals. In previous times he’s struggled, the ball’s hit the post and the bar or the keeper has made a good save and he couldn’t seem to get his goal. But now everything he does turns to gold.

“With Ched confidence is a huge part of his game. He believes he can score from anywhere on the pitch.

“His goal against Rochdale where he took a touch and smashed it into the top corner was superb.”

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