Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor reveals Tom Cleverley's new nickname

The Manchester United loanee's current run of three goals in three games has earned him comparisons to a certain Chelsea legend.

Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has revealed to AVTV that Tom Cleverley’s recent goalscoring exploits have earned him a new nickname in the dressing room – “Tom Lampard”.

Cleverley, 25, has been in resurgent form since Tim Sherwood’s appointment as Villa manager but has taken his game to another level in recent weeks, netting in three consecutive matches and now receiving support for an England recall.

The Manchester United-owned midfielder failed to shine under former boss Paul Lambert, having arrived at Villa Park on a season-long loan in September, but is now starting to showcase the talent which saw Sir Alex Ferguson label him as Paul Scholes’ potential successor.

  TeamMatchGoalsTotal Shots Shooting AccuracyBig Chances MissedFinal Third Entries GAMEPen Area Entries GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Tom Cleverley Aston Villa

 Past Three Games

3 7 71% 0 4 1.33 3 270
Tom Cleverley Aston Villa / Man Utd Pre-scoring Run 0 17 24% 1 6 2.07 27 2,178

It is another former England midfielder who his Villa teammates have been comparing him to amid his current scoring run, however, with Agbonlahor revealing that the squad now see him as their own Frank Lampard.

“Tom Lampard is what everyone’s calling him now,” said the long-serving forward. “He’s a good lad and doing really well. He loves it here.

“It’s good for the club that we can get someone here with such talent. He’s been an England international and those are the types of players you want around.”

Sherwood himself has reiterated since arriving at Villa that he believes Cleverley can add more goals to his game and, with the new boss also declaring his intent to sign the soon-to-be free agent on a permanent deal, fans will be hoping that he can keep his current run going into next season with the claret and blues.

Regardless, though, with a career scoring record of 25 goals in 188 games, he has some work to do over the coming campaigns if he wants to match Lampard’s impressive mark of 258 strikes.

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