Roberto Martinez is no stranger to making the odd outlandish statement.
But he’s outdone himself with his latest comments on Tom Cleverley, who has been tipped to become one of the most “sensational” players in Premier League history by his manager. No, really.
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“I think he can go even further,” Martinez was quoted as saying by the Telegraph when asked if Cleverley had played better before in his career. “I think you do not have a better English player. Technically, he is as good as you get. The way he executes, how he reads the game, for me he is one of the most sensational you are going to see in Premier League history.
“I wouldn’t sell him for any money in the current market. I want to see him go from strength to strength because I know there is so much more to come.”
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Cleverley is rebuilding his reputation at Everton
Cleverley has only scored one goal and registered four assists since joining Everton in the summer, but the England international is steadily rebuilding his reputation following his disappointing campaign with Manchester United under David Moyes.
The 26-year-old was a much-maligned figure at Old Trafford but performed reasonably well on loan at Aston Villa last season - helping the west Midlands outfit reach the FA Cup final - and has rediscovered his form and confidence at Goodison Park.
Cleverley might have been appreciated more in Spain after all
Towards the end of his spell with Manchester United, Cleverley raised a few eyebrows after telling the Mirror that he felt his style of play would be more appreciated if he played in Spain.
“I watch Spanish football a lot,” Cleverley said. “If they pass the ball sideways but keep possession, the fans clap them.
“Their attitude is that as long as you have got the ball, the other team can’t hurt you.
“I know the mentality is different here and that is what makes our game the best in the world because it is so intense.
“But sometimes I have got to not listen and play my game because I feel I’m doing the best thing for the team.”
Judging by Roberto Martinez’s latest comments, it seems Cleverley may have been right after all.
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