KEVIN McDonald is urging Sheffield United’s board not to let star striker Ched Evans leave Bramall Lane in the January transfer window.
Evans, nominated for the League One Player of the Month for November, is the form player in the division, having notched nine goals in his last seven outings.
His impressive form has helped propel the Blades to within four points of the automatic promotion places.
Before Evans’s well-publicised legal difficulties, Ipswich Town and Cardiff City were interested in recruiting the Welsh international last summer.
It has taken him longer than expected to justify his £3 million price tag but the former Manchester City youngster is blossoming under United boss Danny Wilson.
His performances have not gone unnoticed in the top two leagues of English football and the 22-year-old’s admirers are thought to be considering whether to make an approach for the forward ahead of the transfer market re-opening next month.
It is no secret United need to slash their wage bill and Evans, one of the highest earners at the club, could be offloaded to ease their financial situation.
Central midfielder McDonald told The Star: “Ched is pretty much the complete player. Ched is a natural goal-scorer. He has got a great touch, can score with either his right or left foot and he works hard off the ball.
“Ched is a good character to have around the group as well so it doesn’t surprise me at all other clubs are looking at him. It would be wrong if teams weren’t interested in him when he is doing so well for us and hopefully he continues to do so.
“He is a very important part of our team and we need to have him at the club at this moment in time.”
A full transfer is unlikely but Evans might be allowed to join a club on loan with a view to a later permanent switch.
Salisbury beat Grimsby 3-2 last night in the FA Cup to meet United next.