Age: 21 *
At Club Since: N/A (Academy Graduate)
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 26(0) *
In the space of a season, Dion Kelly-Evans went from being an academy player few were aware of, to a key member of the first-team squad and a firm fans’ favourite. Although not the biggest of defenders, Dion Kelly-Evans’ determination and work-rate has allowed him to hold his own at League One level and show signs that he can develop further to become a player whose future could be at a higher-level of football.
Now that he’s signed a contract to stay at the club for the upcoming season, the first obstacle is whether Dion Kelly-Evans can convince Mark Robins to play him as the first-choice right-back. Since the Robins’ return, it has seemed like the manager has almost actively avoided playing him at times. If Kelly-Evans can establish himself in the team, it will then be about doing more than holding his own in the side and providing threat and defensive stability from right-back – something that we’ve seen in flashes that he’s more than capable of doing.
*As of 25/05/2017