“There’s only one Jonny Evans!” the Sunderland fans chanted on Saturday, keen to show their feelings towards their former loanee. He was quite a hit at the North-East club and back in August Evans claimed he had wanted to play their again this season.

He made his eight start of the season against Aalborg yesterday, which so far has been enough games to keep him happy.

The young defender has today said that he will be patient and focus on improving his game to earn more starts.

“I was not expecting to play as many games as this,” said Evans. “Wes has been injured and the manager wants to rest Rio and Vidic at times. It is nice to get a few games. I am keeping patient and trying to improve as much as I can.”