Tom Cleverley has explained that he worked hard to add goals to his game towards the end of his spell with Aston Villa.
Sky Sports was among the sources to confirm the news that the Toffees had done a deal for the England midfielder and he’s revealed the issue that was playing on his mind towards the end of last season.
“It was playing on my mind and something that I wanted to add, so fortunately I managed to get in a few more scoring positions after working on it on training,” he said.
Some Everton fans may hold doubts over the club’s decision to go after Cleverley, but it’s encouraging that he’s looking to develop his game with a more attacking output.
It will be interesting to see if Roberto Martinez uses him in a similar way to Tim Sherwood, with the Aston Villa boss encouraging him to get forward and make the most of the attacking talent that he has.
It could be difficult for Martinez to offer him similar licence to attack freely because he already has a very good forward thinking player in the form of Ross Barkley.
Barkley is well suited to a role at the top of Everton’s midfield and offers longevity in that position, which could see Cleverley pushed further back into a deeper lying role.
He certainly has the skill to sit slightly deeper in midfield and pull the strings, benefiting from having a more aggressive player like James McCarthy next to him.
If Cleverley can maintain the goalscoring form he showed towards the end of his Aston Villa spell then great, but it’s doubtful whether that will be his main role under Martinez.