Lee Evans (footballer)

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Lee Evans
Lee Evans (Wolves).jpg
Evans playing for Wolves in 2014
Personal information
Full name Lee Evans[1]
Date of birth (1994-07-24) 24 July 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Newport, Wales
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wigan Athletic
(on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Number 8
Youth career
Malpas FC
Bristol Rovers
Newport County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Newport County 25 (3)
2013– Wolverhampton Wanderers 59 (3)
2015–2016 Bradford City (loan) 35 (4)
2017– Wigan Athletic (loan) 3 (1)
National team
2012 Wales Semi-Pro 1 (0)
2013–2016 Wales U21 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:38, 23 August 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:59, 29 March 2016 (UTC)

Lee Evans (born 24 July 1994) is a Welsh under-21 international footballer who plays as a midfielder. He is currently on loan at Wigan Athletic from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Career[edit]

Newport County[edit]

Having been released by Bristol Rovers as a 15-year-old,[2] Evans began his professional career at his hometown club Newport County, for whom he made his senior debut aged 17 on 20 March 2012 in a 1–1 draw at Cambridge United.[3] After only three Conference Premier appearances, he ended the season playing in the FA Trophy Final on 12 May at Wembley Stadium, where Newport lost 0–2 to York City.[4]

During the following season, in which the club would ultimately regain its Football League status after a 25-year absence,[5] Evans became a regular starting player in the Newport team.

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

In January 2013, Evans signed a 2 12-year deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers, then of the Championship, for an undisclosed transfer fee (reported to be £200,000).[6][7] Having spent the remainder of the 2012–13 season that saw Wolves relegated to League One as part of their youth development squad, he was identified over the summer by new manager Kenny Jackett to become part of his plans for the first team.[8]

The midfielder made his club and Football League debut on 3 August 2013 in a goalless draw against Preston North End.[9] He scored his first goal for the club a week later when he netted against Gillingham,[10] as the team went on to win the League One title.

He is signed to Wolves until summer 2020.[11]

Loan moves[edit]

On 20 August 2015, Evans signed for Bradford City on loan from Wolves initially until 9 January 2016.[12]

On 31 July 2017, Evans was sent on a season-long loan to League One side Wigan Athletic.[13] He scored his first goal for Wigan in a 4-1 win against Bury on 13 August 2017.[14]

International[edit]

Evans made his debut for the Wales under-21 team on 6 September 2013 versus San Marino. [15] On 5 September 2014, Evans scored his first goal for Wales under-21 in a 2–2 draw with Finland.[16] On 1 October 2014 Evans received his first call-up from the Wales senior national team with 5 other uncapped players. [17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 7 May 2017[18]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newport County 2011–12 Conference Premier 3 0 0 0 2[a] 0 5 0
2012–13 22 3 2 0 0 0 24 3
Total 25 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 29 3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2012–13[19] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[20] League One 26 2 1 0 1 0 28 2
2014–15[21] Championship 18 1 2 0 1 0 21 1
2015–16[22] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17[23] 15 0 2 0 1 0 18 0
Total 59 3 5 0 3 0 67 3
Bradford City (loan) 2015–16[22] League One 35 4 3 0 0 0 3[b] 0 41 4
Career total 119 10 10 0 3 0 5 0 137 10
  1. ^ One appearance in the FA Trophy and one in the Welsh Cup
  2. ^ One appearance in the Football League Trophy and two in the League One play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional Retain List & Free Transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 3 June 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "First Person: Up and coming Newport football talent, Lee Evans". South Wales Argus. 13 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cambridge 1–1 Newport". BBC Sport. 20 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wrexham 0–2 Newport". BBC Sport. 5 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "FA Trophy: Newport County 0–2 York City". BBC Sport. 12 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Wolves sign Newport County youngster Lee Evans". BBC Sport. 31 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Potential of Youth". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 26 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Evans aims to impress". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 9 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Preston 0–0 Wolves". BBC Sport. 3 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Wolves v Gillingham". BBC Sport. 10 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lee Evans: Wolves midfielder signs new three-and-a-half year deal until 2020". BBC Sport. 13 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Evans arrives at City". Bradford City. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Wolves' Lee Evans and Leicester's Callum Elder join Wigan on season-long loans". BBC Sport. 31 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Wigan 4-1 Bury". BBC. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  15. ^ Evans Wales under-21 debut
  16. ^ "Finland & Wales Draw 2–2". FAW. 5 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Evans Wales Senior call-up
  18. ^ "Soccerbase: Lee Evans". Soccerbase. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Lee Evans in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Lee Evans in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Lee Evans in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  22. ^ a b "Games played by Lee Evans in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Lee Evans in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 

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