Tom Cleverley impresses for Everton in pre-season

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Out of the two Everton summer signings so far the majority of fans have applauded the signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, with Tom Cleverley taking a back seat after signing as a free agent. 

The ex-Manchester United player has had a tough couple of years and was made one of David Moyes' scapegoats during his failed tenure.

So when he walked through the doors of Finch Farm holding an Everton shirt, there wasn't a rush of extra fans flocking to grab that season ticket they have been weighing up since Everton's previous dismal season ended.


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I know you can only take pre-season with a pinch of salt, but you still want to see your new players fitting in and adding something new to your team. The injection of pace and trickery of the 21-year-old Spaniard was always going to get Evertonians excited, but Cleverley has looked fresh and attack-minded and looks like he has been part of the squad for years already.

His passing has been crisp, he has arrived into the box to link with the forwards and he looks to be enjoying his football again. The same can be said for another English hopeful Ross Barkley.

Roberto Martinez hails Cleverley

Roberto Martinez has also clearly been delighted with what he has seen so far.

The Goodison boss spoke with the press after the Dundee 2-0 victory and highlighted Tom Cleverley for praise via the official Everton website: “He has fitted in really well in the dressing room and and it is a fantastic example for any youngster to look up to an England international with his best years ahead of him.

“He was terrific in his attitude and with his involvement in the game and that’s an exciting prospect for the future for us."

Everton sold Wayne Rooney early in the days of Moyes and signed a very under-rated Tim Cahill. If this signing turns out to be half as astute, then Everton may just have a gem of a player on their hands.

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