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Leicester City: Keith Gillespie praises Jonny Evans

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Speaking to Football Fan Cast, Keith Gillespie revealed his thoughts on Jonny Evans and claimed that the Leicester City defender could still be playing for Manchester United.

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Gillespie, a former Northern Ireland international, was full of praise for Evans, who the Foxes picked up for just £3.6m in the summer of 2018.

Since then, he has made 104 appearances for Leicester, and he has played big roles in the squad that finished fifth last season and this current Leicester side, who are third in the Premier League.

Evans managed 198 appearances for Manchester United before joining West Bromwich Albion, and he has used all of that experience to help Leicester to where they are now.

Certainly, Gillespie is a big fan.

He said: “I played with Jonny with Northern Ireland, so I know how good he is. I remember Jonny’s debut against Spain. We’d lost on the Saturday to Iceland 3-0, and he put Jonny in at left-back, and he was absolutely unbelievable. We ended up winning that game well.

“He’s like a Rolls Royce. Left-foot, right-foot, his distribution is good, he wins headers. His reading of the game is good.

“Why Manchester United got rid of him is beyond me. I think Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer said recently that he was surprised that Louis van Gaal got rid of him.

“Jonny went to and was fantastic, and Man City and Arsenal were in for him. And you’re thinking, why did you get rid of him? I’d have him in the Man United defence now. You know what you’re going to get from Jonny. He’s a fantastic player who’s just got better and better with age.”

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TIF Thoughts on Evans…

The 33-year-old, who is valued at £6.3 million (as per Transfermarkt), has been a very solid signing for the Foxes, and we can see why Gillespie is surprised that Manchester United let him go.

However, we doubt he regrets his move away from Old Trafford he has ended up at the King Power Stadium under a fantastic manager alongside a brilliant squad.

Leicester are seven points clear of fifth place, so it is looking good for them to make the Champions League this season, and we would like to see Evans back in the Champions League with the Foxes.

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