'He has so much to offer' - Lambert on Villa’s summer signing

Tom Cleverley

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has been impressed by Tom Cleverley so far.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has been impressed by the form of Tom Cleverley so far and says that the central midfielder has a lot to offer to the side.

Cleverley joined on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United in the summer transfer window and the 25-year-old has gone straight into the first team with his new club. 

He has not been daunted by the prospect, though, and his start to life at Villa Park has been a very encouraging one.

Lambert feels that Cleverley was one of the only players to come out the side's most recent fixture - a 3-0 defeat to Everton - with any credit and he has hinted that he will try and sign the England international on a permanent deal in January. 

"We have not gone into great detail but he has played well," he said to the Birmingham Mail. "He was the one lad who was busy on Saturday, he has so much to offer. He’s a good guy, good pro and does everything high tempo even when he trains.

"Whatever happens in January will happen, the option is there but we still have a couple of months to go. I just want him to play well here and enjoy it and that’s what he is doing which is half the battle."

Cleverley is thriving away from the spotlight of United, and the hope will be that he can keep up this form.

The all-action midfielder had come under pressure when he was at Old Trafford, with his every move scrutinised because a series of mediocre performances, but he has more freedom at Villa.

It is a loan switch seems to have worked for both player and club and he will be looking to maintain his high standards for some time yet. 

Villa face QPR on Monday in Premier League action, where they aim to get their season back on track after four straight defeats, and Cleverley is likely to be key in helping them get the three points. 

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