Evans has yet to appear for City’s first team, but was given a taste of life at the top when he was named on the substitutes bench against Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena last season. This didn’t go unnoticed by City fans, who were excited to see a local lad so teasingly close to the first team.
Crewe is an ideal destination for the England youth international given their track record of developing youth going back years. Most recently they sold academy graduate Nick Powell to United in a deal worth up to £6million, and in the past have played a big role in developing internationals such as David Platt, Geoff Thomas and Neil Lennon.
City will hope Evans progresses well at Crewe, who sit in the League One relegation zone and will welcome the new face. Crewe can expect a determined young holding midfielder with a broad passing range and a good level of composure in possession. Like so many young players who are sent out on loan for the first time, his main challenge could be adjusting to the pace and physicality of league football.
City fans who follow the youth scene are keen to see Evans break through and get a chance, and if he manages to he will become the first player to have represented City at every age group since the modern day academy launched in 1998. Over 40 players from City’s youth setup have appeared for the first team in the last 15 years, but none have progressed through every level like Evans aims to.
Evans is the second City player to join Crewe recently after striker Harry Bunn last season, but Bunn’s loan spell was cut short by a severe knee ligament injury that kept him out for the majority of the season.