Some Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to criticise George Evans following his performance in the 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
The Rams were more than a match for Forest over the 90 minutes.
The difference, however, was a poor mistake from right-back Jayden Bogle as his wayward pass found a free Lewis Grabban who finished past Kelle Roos with ease.
While the blame can be laid squarely at Bogle for his error, several Derby fans instead have singled out Evans who lost the midfield battle after coming on as a substitute.
George Evans isn’t good enough. Need to move him in Jan. I’m not a massive fan of Ben Watson but how we could have done with someone like him on the bench when we had to change it. #dcfc
— Deano (@Deanogarratt) November 9, 2019
Absolutely gutted with that. Evans just simply cost us the battle in midfield, he sat to deep. Bogle shocking second half. Real shame. #dcfc
— DCFCtalk (@Dcfctalk2) November 9, 2019
— Tim Pearson (@TimP20) November 9, 2019
— I should Cocu (@Tweddds) November 9, 2019
When did Evan’s ever have a influence in midfield the bloke is rubbish
— Paulharton (@harton74) November 9, 2019
Cocu took our only good performers off… what was he watching? George Evans was awful. We still made the best chances of the game & gave them the game. Sums are season up.
— Alasdair FMLY (@Alasdairhowiee) November 9, 2019
Watched first half hour of Forest/Derby. George Evans still showing what a bang average player he is. Solid 4/10 every, single, damn, week.
— LordCKS (@LordCKS) November 9, 2019
George Evans struggles to impose himself like Krystian Bielik:
Evans was a Frank Lampard signing who joined Derby in the summer of 2018.
The former Reading man struggled to get into the Rams’ starting XI last season. Under Philip Cocu, he has featured more and was called upon at the City Ground.
Matthew Clarke’s injury saw Evans enter the field after just 15 minutes. He went into the midfield, with summer signing Krystian Bielik dropping into the defence.
Bielik was imposing himself on the game at the time. The Pole is excellent in the tackle, and he likes to drive forward with the ball and push Derby up the pitch.
Evans, on the other hand, is a different kind of holding midfielder. A decent passer, but one who takes few risks and struggles to physically wrestle control of the ball.
The 24-year-old dropped deep alongside Graeme Shinnie. Forest began to dominate the midfield, and the Reds sized the initiative in the second half and struck the killer blow.