After Tom Cleverley managed to complete his late loan move to Aston Villa on deadline day the main questions being asked are will he impress and will he get a look in at Manchester United again?
Aston Villa Move
Aston Villa looked to have completed a permanent move for the 25-year-old midfielder way before the closing hours of the window with a figure of £8million being speculated, but according to Sky Sports News it fell through due to Tom Cleverley wanting £60,000 a week. Villa would just not agree but eventually came back in with a loan move for the Old Trafford midfielder and managed to get it done.
Cleverley told Aston Villa's club website "Playing football is what matters most to me and I'm looking forward to getting back to what I know I can do. This is the kind of club where I can do that. The prospect of working under the manager (Paul Lambert) and Roy (Keane, assistant manager), who were both fantastic midfielders in their playing careers, made the decision to come to Villa an easy one."
Cleverley is clearly showing the ambition to play well for his new club and looking to re discover his former form that managed him to get an England call up.
Manchester United Return
Tom Cleverley has always had the ability to play good football which has been evident at Wigan, Watford and Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson must have seen something in him as he would not have been in a side that won the club's 20th Premier League title. Cleverley has the ability to dictate play, get forward and put in a tackle, but this was not seen last year in the disastrous season under David Moyes.
This raised questions of is Tom Cleverley good enough for Manchester United? The answer at the moment is no. However,a strong loan move at Aston Villa could certainly change that and he can move on from being a scapegoat from last season.
The move is a sensible one by Tom Cleverley as he knows himself that he is not going to be a regular starter for Manchester United with the likes of Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Michael Carrick, Adnan Januzaj, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and new vice captain Darren Fletcher ahead of him in Louis Van Gaal's brain.
Cleverley knows that he needs to be a starter for to get back into the England set up and a move slightly down the league (in reputation anyway) is a move that would please Roy Hodgson who is a big fan of Tom Cleverley.
Roy Hodgson will be pleased to hear the ambitious words of Cleverley to Aston Villa's website "I have got to get back playing and hopefully as a by-product of that I can get back in the England team".
Tom Cleverley is a fine footballer but just like many footballers plays well when he is in form and happy. With the set up Paul Lambert has Tom Cleverley could be the Tom Cleverley that had so much promise but this time turned into the full product.
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