It was announced today that Tom Cleverley has joined Wigan on a season long loan, after a will-he-won’t-he summer, with Sir Alex Ferguson initially stating our England U-21 midfielder would go out on loan, before changing his mind a few weeks ago. After some impressive pre-season performances, the manager thought Cleverley would be best used with our squad, however today has agreed terms with Wigan for the lad.
After being named Watford’s Player of the Year last season it will prove interesting to see how Cleverley copes playing week in week out in the Premiership. Whilst I believe he had something to offer our lightweight midfield, particularly between now and Christmas with the League Cup and Champions League group stage games, he will certainly get more playing time at Wigan.
This lad has a lot of potential and has been on the receiving end of lots of praise. He has been bigged up by United fans and the media alike and now is his time to prove himself.
“Tom is a very exciting young player and we are delighted he is coming to us,” said Wigan boss, Roberto Martinez. “He can play in a number of positions and will provide us with some good new options, and add great competition to the squad. We have been watching him for some time and feel he is the right sort of player to join our squad; young, hungry, desperate to play for the club in the Premier League and to grow with us.”
We wish him all the best at Wigan and will be keeping you updated to his progress on the blog.
Random Cleverley fact: He is known as ‘Chunks’ due to childhood speech impediment. He said ‘swimming chunks’ rather than ‘trunks’ and it stuck ever since.