Tom Cleverley will join Everton this week and put an end to his 14 year tenure as a Manchester United player.
The 25-year-old’s contract expires at the end of this month and despite spending the season on loan at Aston Villa last year, it looks like Cleverley will join up once again with ex-Wigan boss Roberto Martinez.
Having been at Man United since he was an 11-year-old, Cleverley worked his way through the ranks, got past adversity and a series of major injury knock-backs until he finally broke through into the first-team.
However, it never quite worked out the way Cleverley, nor the fans, had hoped. There were fleeting moments of brilliance from a player who is very comfortable with the ball at his feet but thanks to a constant wave of injuries, he was never able to build up momentum.
His best run came at the start of the 2011/12 season when an injury to Michael Carrick meant Cleverley and Anderson were allowed free reign in the middle of the park for a series of games, which included the famous 8-2 win over Arsenal.
That form was unfortunately short lived thanks to an assault from Bolton Wanderers’ Kevin Davies which left Cleverley with ankle ligament damage. He never fully recovered his place in the first-team.
— James Ducker (@DuckerTheTimes) June 3, 2015
It never really worked out for Cleverley at United but at 25 he still has his prime years ahead of him. So, we wish him the best of luck at Everton and hope he can really fulfill his potential (so long as he isn’t playing United).