SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades bank on Ched

Goal ace: Ched Evans' penalty winner at Hartlepool took his tally to 31 for the season.                    picture: steve ellis
Goal ace: Ched Evans' penalty winner at Hartlepool took his tally to 31 for the season. picture: steve ellis

BLADES’ fans are hoping Ched Evans can help fire them back to the Championship after becoming the first United player to score 30 goals in a season since Brian Deane and Tony Agana in 1988-89.

But how does the Welsh international, who has scored 25 league goals so far, compare to this season’s other big hitters?

Only two players in the top four divisions have scored more league goals than Evans.

One of those is Robin van Persie, who has hit 26 goals for Arsenal this season. The Dutchman has carried the Gunners’ performances, just like the Welshman has for the Blades.

The Football League’s top scorer is Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes, who has hit a staggering 36 goals having now been credited with the first goal as well at Orient on Tuesday, meaning it now goes down as a hat-trick.

Evans has scored more goals at home than any other player in the Football League, hitting 14 at Bramall Lane.

Van Persie is the only player in England to have hit more home goals, with 15 at the Emirates so far to help steady Arsenal’s home form.

The Premier League’s second top goal scorer, Wayne Rooney, has managed 21 league goals for Manchester United this season, nearly doubling last season’s tally, with four coming from penalties.

The Championship’s top scorer, Ricky Lambert, has hit 24 goals for Southampton, but more than a third have come from the penalty spot.

Evans has scored just twice from the spot this season – in Saturday’s victory over Hartlepool and in the 4-1 win over Chesterfield the week before.

Izale McLeod of Barnet and Jack Midson of Wimbledon are the best League Two has to offer, with 18 goals apiece.

Evans - described by Owls striker Gary Madine as “brilliant” - has notched up 43 goals in more than 100 appearances for the Blades since he signed for £3m in 2009.

The former Manchester City striker bagged his 31st goal of the season against Hartlepool on Saturday and has now scored 10 in the last eight games.

The 23-year-old scored 10 goals in March, including three in the 4-1 win over Chesterfield watched by GB coach Stuart Pearce.

Evans has been nominated for Player of the Month alongside Wednesday winger Michail Antonio and Wycombe front man Stuart Beavon.

Antonio scored twice in the Owls’ 4-1 win over Bury, while Beavon scored a last minute equaliser in the draw with MK Dons as well as a hat-trick in Wycombe’s 4-1 win at Bury.