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Evans to fight for Man City place

Ched Evans
Evans is the latest of Manchester City academy graduate

Teenage striker Ched Evans has vowed to "get his head down" to be a key member of the Manchester City revolution.

The club's prospective new owners Abu Dhabi United Group have already smashed the British transfer record by paying 32.5m for Brazilian striker Robinho.

And their intentions of continuing to splash the cash could hamper the development of their young stars.

But Evans said: "It will be difficult for young players like me but I want to be involved in these exciting times."

The football world is now talking about Manchester City after the ambitious ADUG agreed to take over from Thaksin Shinawatra and pledged to spend big to make the Premier League club a European force.

The prospective owners helped seal Robinho's signing on transfer deadline day as a statement of intent.

Now the bold new owners say they are ready to make audacious bids for some of the greatest players on the planet such as Lionel Messi, David Villa and Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo.

While Evans and his fellow highly rated City rookies would love to train with Robinho and co, such great names would block their path into manager Mark Hughes' first team.

But the 19-year-old Welsh international joked: "Just stick Robinho on the wing and cross the balls in to the strikers, which will be good!

"It is exciting times for Manchester City but I won't have my head turned and lose focus star-gazing, I will get my head down and work hard so I can play alongside the likes of Robinho for City.

"I have played in the Premier League and Uefa Cup this season and that has given me a taste for it - but I want more and want to play regularly.

"It is a bit frustrating when you have come through the ranks and maybe they don't need to use you if they can go out and buy players for 30m.

"But this has been an exciting start to the season for me, getting my chance at City, and it looks like I could be in the starting line-up for Wales on Saturday.

"I'm only 19, so all this is great experience for me. I believe I can handle it all for my club and country."

Evans and fellow teenage striker Daniel Sturridge are the latest off the renowned Manchester City academy production line following Shaun Wright-Phillips, Micah Richards, Stephen Ireland and Michael Johnson.

But Evans is facing a tougher path because of Manchester City's new megabucks owners.

"I'm just going to have to get on with it and not think about things," stated Evans.

"All I can do is work hard and hope my chance will come."

But Evans has been warned by City assistant boss and fellow Welshman Mark Bowen.

"It will be more difficult for players like Ched, no doubt about it," said Mark Hughes' number two.

"But it's two-fold. It will be harder for the young guys because of the calibre of players we are bringing in.

"However, they will learn so much from these great players.

"I know because I started at Tottenham Hotspur and grew up in the Ossie Ardiles era but had to leave in my early 20s having played just 25 or so games.

"In that time, though, I learned so much about what you can achieve with the right attitude, work ethic and how to deal with expectations.

"Who's to say how far Ched can go because he has a fantastic work ethic, is willing to learn and will run himself into the ground for the cause.

"But more than that, Ched is a top-class finisher who has a fabulous technique in and around the box, which is the sign of a real goal-scorer."

Evans, hoping for a starring role in Manchester City's transformation, is already child of Welsh football's revolution under John Toshack.

He is one of more than half-a-dozen under-21 internationals in the Wales manager's senior squad.

Evans and fellow teenager Sam Vokes are set to lead injury-ravaged Wales' attack in their opening 2010 World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan in Cardiff on Saturday.




see also
Robinho aims for title with City
02 Sep 08 |  Man City
Man City set sights on trophies
02 Sep 08 |  Man City
Earnshaw facing race to get fit
02 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Arabian might at Eastlands
02 Sep 08 |  Man City
Man City beat Chelsea to Robinho
01 Sep 08 |  Man City
Arab group agrees Man City deal
01 Sep 08 |  Man City
BBC Sport Wales coverage
24 Dec 06 |  Wales


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