Garth Crooks speaks highly of Manchester United-owned Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley

Tom Cleverley

Manchester United-owned Tom Cleverley’s performance for Aston Villa against West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday impressed Garth Crooks.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has expressed his delight for Manchester United-owned Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley on BBC Sport.

Cleverley has been in good form in recent weeks and has recovered his old form under new manager Tim Sherwood.

The 25-year-old England international was in action for Villa against West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday, and it was his goal just past the half-hour mark which proved to be the difference between the two sides at Villa Park.

Over the course of the 90 minutes, Cleverley took three shots, had a pass accuracy of 76%, put in six crosses, attempted one dribble, and made three interceptions, one clearance and two blocks.

Former Tottenham and West Bromwich Albion forward Crooks was impressed with the midfielder’s display in the 1-0 win and included him in his BBC Sport Team of the Week.

“Tom Cleverley must feel on top of the world,” the 57-year-old wrote on BBC Sport. “Having been disregarded by Manchester United and questioned about his contributions for England, he's now playing the football that got him into the United team and selected for the national side.”

Cleverley has been one of the best and most productive players for Villa in recent weeks, as the Villans push on for Premier League survival.

The United-owned midfielder has scored three goals and created 26 chances in 29 Premier League appearances for Villa, while having a pass accuracy of 86% and a shot accuracy of 56%.

Villa are currently 14th in the Premier League table with 38 points from 36 matches, four points above the relegation zone.

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