The Northern Irishman is no longer viewed as a deputy and a string of outstanding performances have proved he is a vital member of the manager’s plans at the back.
Extremely unlucky to be left out of the side for the second leg of the Champions League tie with Real Madrid, after impressing at the Bernabeu, he has emerged as a leader in terms of his overall play and character.
Combining his unflappable nature with genuine aggression and determination, Evans is maturing into the perfect centre-back and looks certain to become a cornerstone of the team after signing a new long-term contract in December.
Champagne moment: The history books will not show how uncomfortable the home win over relegation-haunted QPR was back in November. Jonny scored the equaliser but there was so much more to his display, urging his team-mates on throughout and displaying real passion when making the breakthrough.
Season in three words: Accomplished and assured.
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