Manchester United hero Paul Scholes has tipped midfielder Tom Cleverley to move to Everton this summer when his contract at Old Trafford runs out.
The 13-times capped England international has impressed this year on loan at Aston Villa but is widely expected to leave his parent club as Louis van Gaal doesn’t see him as part of his long term plans.
Consequently a race for his signature is set to unfold, with Villa perhaps ceding ground to other Premier League teams due to the fact that they’ve struggled in the bottom half of the table.
Indeed Everton and Roberto Martinez are said to have tried to lure Cleverley away from Manchester last summer, only to be stifled by the fact that the Red Devils didn’t want the player moving to Goodison Park, perhaps due to the fact that the Toffees finished above United last season.
In any case Scholes, as per the Liverpool Echo, has revealed his belief that Cleverley will opt for Everton if given the chance this time around. What’s more, he thinks Martinez should snap the 25-year-old up.
“I have a feeling that he might go to Everton,” Scholes revealed.
“I don’t know, I don’t speak to Tom, but I just get the feeling knowing that he lives in a good distance from Everton’s training ground.
“I think Martinez likes him. I think he will suit their style of play. He is a very good footballer, he likes to get forward, he likes to score goals, he is very good in possession.”
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Suitability for Everton
Given that he’s been a key member of Tim Sherwood’s Villa squad this season one can assume that Cleverley would be extremely useful to Everton.
His experience in European competition and at the top end of the Premier League, as well as fighting this year near the relegation scrap, would stand him in good stead for a club with Everton’s objectives and ambitions, and on a free transfer there’s really no downside to be seen.
On top of that Everton have a history of taking players from United and allowing them to flourish at a club where they’re guaranteed more game-time.
The likes of Louis Saha and Tim Howard have proven that a transition from Manchester to Merseyside doesn’t have to signify the twilight of one’s career, and with Martinez’s hunger and vigour Cleverley is certain to have a manager who won’t allow him to rest on his laurels.
Competition from Villa
That said Everton are sure to face stern competition from Villa, who will themselves compete in the FA Cup final against Arsenal later this month.
They may have toiled with little success in recent years but they look energised under Sherwood and you can bet your bottom dollar the ex-Spurs coach will do everything in his power to convince Cleverley that the opposite of what Scholes is saying is true.
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