Why Tom Cleverley has hindered rather than helped Aston Villa

Aston Villa signed Tom Cleverley from Manchester United this summer, but he appears to have done more harm than good.

Aston Villa's signing of Tom Cleverley appears to have been a hindrance rather than a help to the side. 

The midfielder, who joined Villa on loan from Manchester United, was expected to thrive with less pressure on him, but that hasn't been the case.

Although it would be wrong to call Cleveley's performances poor, they simply haven't advanced the side and his skill-set is not what they need. 

Villa have found goals seriously hard to come by and part of the reason for that has been because of Cleverley's role in the team.

The England international has been a mainstay in the Claret and Blues' side, but his lack of attacking instincts have hurt the team.

He performs a similar role to that of Ashley Westwood in the Villa side and means that Paul Lambert's options in central-midfielder are all much of a muchness. 

A tidy passer and a tough tackler, Cleverley has shielded the defence well, but he has failed to drive the side forward and simply hasn't been noticeable enough to be considered a worthwhile addition. 

For another Premier League side, Cleverley may have been a valuable signing, but for Villa he has only performed a function that their existing players could have done themselves and the transfer looks to be petering out into mediocrity - much like their season. 

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