Leeds boss tried to sign striker Tony Watt twice, faces being haunted this weekend

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Steve Evans tried to sign Tony Watt when he was still at Celtic, and earlier this season, and comes up against him when Leeds travel to Blackburn this weekend.

Tony Watt scored his first goal for Blackburn Rovers in midweek as they pulled off an impressive home win over play-off chasing Birmingham City.

This weekend they face an unpredictable Leeds side whose last two away games have resulted in a 4-0 loss and a 2-0 win.

Watt is a player Leeds head coach Steve Evans knows well, having attempted to sign him on at least two occasions.

The first came back in 2012, with Evans telling SkySports that he had tried and failed to convince Watt to leave Celtic to join him at Rotherham United.

He said: "My attempts to sign young Glasgow Celtic striker Tony Watt either on loan, or on a permanent basis have at this time come to nothing."

That decision paid off as later that same year Watt went onto score a memorable goal in a Champions League clash against Barcelona, but his career has not come close to hitting the same heights since.

Earlier this season the Yorkshire Post reported that Evans attempted to sign Watt on loan from Charlton Athletic, missing out to Cardiff instead.

That loan deal expired and Blackburn snapped him up on loan in January, and hope he is ready to kick on after netting in midweek.

Blackburn boss Paul Lambert hailed the 22-year-old, telling Rovers' official website: "think he's a wonderful football player, he's a maverick-type player is Tony, you are never quite sure at certain times what you'll get, he does get your backside off your seat at times and he can makes things happen.

"He's a good kid and I'm delighted for him to get his first league goal."

Evans referenced Watt in his pre-match press conference, telling BBC Radio Leeds he was an example of shrewd investment by Rovers boss Paul Lambert, describing him as 'a lad I really like.' 

He will be hoping he is not haunted by the young Scot this weekend, who was called up to the national team for the very first time this week along with Leeds ace Liam Cooper.

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