Gardner: What I like about the way Cleverley has changed

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Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner says he likes the goals Tom Cleverley has added to his game.

Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has praised Tim Sherwood on the club’s website for getting the most out of midfielder Tom Cleverley.

Cleverley has had a big impact on the Villa squad while on loan from Manchester United and hopefully Villa can end their season with an FA Cup win, which would set the player up for a very positive summer.

“What I like is that he's added goals to his game now. Clearly the gaffer wants him to express himself, burst into the box more and find the net. He's been doing that,” he said.

“I think the gaffer has been getting the very best out of him because his performances have been superb in the run-in to safety.”

Cleverley arrived at Villa Park perhaps a little unsure over the type of midfielder he was expected to be.

He always had talent in a Manchester United shirt but arguably lacked a real cutting edge to be an influential figure at Old Trafford.

Initially he struggled under the guidance of former Villa manager Paul Lambert, but since Sherwood has come in, Cleverley seems to have started to enjoy the game again.

He’s playing with a smile on his face and contributed as the club secured their safety in the top flight of English football.

It would be a surprise if Cleverley doesn’t start the FA Cup final against Arsenal this weekend and he’s a player who could decide this game for the Midlands club, with Arsenal’s focus likely to be more on the likes of Christian Benteke and Jack Grealish.

Sherwood will urge him to cause chaos and hopefully he can produce a tidy 90 minutes of football before the question of what happens with regards to his future over the summer.

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