URZZZZ There’s a reason Stam had him second choice (behind the “awful” Joey - well according to most posters), Clement didn’t play him, Lampard barely played him. Because he had no influence on a game
I wouldn’t say he was particularly good at positioning and defending. We still conceded a shed load with him playing at CB/CDM
Agreed that we’ve had many worse players like Meyler but that doesn’t make Evans good. It just means we’ve made some poor signings since Evans left
Evans played more than Joey (who actually had a very good season that year after a bad first few games). Stam did rotate between them a lot though.
That season we conceded 64 goals, of which 12 happened in two games were Evans wasn't playing. Take out those twelve goals and that makes it the best season we've had defensively since we last got relegated. Obviously that isn't all down to Evans, because for one thing he didn't play every match and he wasn't quite on Oliver Norwood's level anyway, but it doesn't really support your claim that we conceded a shed load with him playing.
Except for a couple of brief spells where one of Kelly, Eza, or Baker looked up to it, we've been crying out for a decent DM since Evans left. That shows you the influence he had on a game. Hasn't worked for him at Derby but it did here.