Former Steve Evans favourite Hope Akpan could be key for Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United this week

Crawley Broadfield Stadium

The former Crawley Town midfielder has been in good form this season.

Leeds United take on Blackburn Rovers in the Championship tomorrow with Leeds boss Steve Evans desperate to get his first win as Leeds manager under his belt.

So far Leeds have drawn both of their games, against Fulham and Bolton Wanderers, under the former Rotherham United gaffer and will be desperate for a victory at Elland Road this week - in what would be their first home success since February.

To do so Leeds' midfield will have to contend with a former Evans favourite in Hope Akpan.

The former Everton youngster spent two-and-a-half years at Crawley Town after leaving The Toffees where he worked under the management of Evans.

He became a crucial member of the Crawley first-team as a box-to-box midfielder and his performances did not go unnoticed - being snapped up by Reading in January 2013.

He joined Blackburn this summer and has become a key member of the first-team at Ewood Park and tomorrow he will be hoping to bully the young midfield at Leeds with his potent physical presence - something Evans will know all too well.

It could very well be that the key to beating Blackburn tomorrow night comes from puttingnthe brakes on Akpan's influence in the middle of the park.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch