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Cleverley Does Join Villa

Cleverley Does Join Villa

It would appear that Tom Cleverley, despite us reporting to the contrary, is no longer a Manchester United player.

After, seemingly, leaving Aston Villa in an eleventh hour lurch to discuss a move to Everton, it was thought that nothing had materialized for the 25 year-old midfielder.

However, it would appear that a last minute deal was struck for Cleverley to join Aston Villa on a season long loan in a deal that has been sanctioned by the Premier League.

Cleverley`s contract is up at the end of this season and he`ll then become a free agent, personally I reckon after 79 games for United, that could well be his lot!

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Tuesday September 2 2014
Time: 5:26PM


can someone who doesn't speak in cliches and follow the sheeple bandwagon of hatred please tell me if he could actually be a good signing for villa? thanks
02/09/2014 19:13:00
In fairness he isn't that bad a player. If you can get him out of his habit of passing backwards and sideways that was Moyes fault convincing him that keeping the ball is good football regardless of the balls direction of travel. The lad was unfairly scapegoat last season his problem is he's not good enough to take charge of a midfield when played with other players who aren't good enough either and are playing to a mad gingers tactics. Put him with someone who isn't Carrick or fellaini with tactics that work and you'll be pleasantly surprised just don't expect him to boss the middle of the park
02/09/2014 19:32:00
To be honest, and as cliche as it sound (do bear with me though I will explain what I mean), whether he's a good signing or not depends entirely on what Cleverley you can get out of him.

Cleverley before his Wigan loan and tenure under Martinez looked like he wasn't going to make it at United, he always gave 100% but there wasn't really anything particularly remarkable about him to distinguish himself from the other young players. Martinez moulded him into a player who's passing was neat and tidy, who advocated pass and move football, who was comfortable playing in small pockets of space and who could create goalscoring opportunities. He came back and up until his injury actually looked the business epitomised through Fergie seeing him as being good enough to fill the void left in midfield by Scholes. To be fair to him up until his injury he was doing the job.

Sadly that injury saw the last of that Cleverley, he never reestablished himself as a first team regular again. Fergie still regularly called upon him and had faith in him but it didn't really stop the rot that was setting into his game. He has become a lot more static, preferring to sit deep than pass and move. He's no longer as comfortable playing in small pockets anymore nor does he cope well when being pressured. His passing is still neat and tidy but it's become too safe, he only ever really passes sideways and backwards and never takes the initiative to drive a game forwards. I think he's tried stepping into a Carrick, Scholes, Pirlo, Xavi role (or perhaps has been instructed?) without possessing the ability or experience to do so effectively.

I don't think he's a bad player I just think he's got stale and I imagine if Martinez had signed him at Everton a Cleverley with a bit of zip to his game would've returned. If Lambert can have the same effect then Villa have got a good player in their hands. If he doesn't and Cleverley plays more or less the same as he has been doing then you've got a decent player at most.
02/09/2014 20:04:00
thanks! I can accept your cliche due to the extensive nature of your response.
02/09/2014 21:31:00
Best of luck to the lad I hope he can get his career back on track he's honestly not a bad player he's just lost his way a bit.
02/09/2014 22:35:00
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