Cleverley is on loan at Villa Park from Manchester United and has been in fine form ever since Sherwood came in as manager for old boss Paul Lambert.
“He’s on loan with us and he’s treating it as if it’s his own. What he needs to add to his game is goals and I’ve told him, you don’t score goals unless you’re making runs into the box,” said Sherwood.
It’s a tribute to the effect Sherwood has had on the mentality of his players that regardless of their background and situation, they are giving everything they have to try and keep the club in the Premier League.
Cleverley has always been a very tidy player in midfield with the way he passes the ball around nicely and sets the tempo of the play, but he’s not always had that potency and threat in front of goal.
It’s a clever tactics from the boss to play on his goal against West Ham last weekend and to use it as motivation going forward.
If he can get more goal threats emerging from across the Aston Villa team, it makes them more difficult for opposition sides to contain.
It also takes the pressure away from players like Christian Benteke, who may not be having a great game and are always under pressure to score.