In response to a recent article where we highlighted Tom Cleverley as one of Roberto Martinez’ many excellent signings, one of our readers was heavily critical of the former Manchester United midfielder. Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion and there will be those that never take to Cleverley because of his Manchester United history. When the majority of our readers responded to defend Cleverley, the wag who started the debate felt he had stumbled across the Tom Cleverley fan club.
After another impressive performance against Stoke City, that fan club will surely have more members. It is over two years since he last won a cap for England, but more displays like this in front of the watching national manager will help his cause and a recall before the summers European Championships is certainly a possibility.
His energy is infectious, his determination to get forward and support Everton’s forward players resulted in the Blues opening the scoring from the spot and his work rate ensured the Toffees left the Potteries with a clean sheet. Cleverley has been a huge positive in an indifferent season and if he had spent less time on the treatment table I am sure Everton would be in a far stronger position. I may well be a member of the Tom Cleverley fan club, but I am not ashamed to admit it and hope he continues to win over others with his impressive performances.