Phil Jagielka speaks of delight at Tom Cleverley signing; says he's proved people wrong

The Everton captain has welcomed the signing of the midfielder from Manchester United, who spent last season on loan at Aston Villa.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka thinks new signing Tom Cleverley proved a lot of people wrong last season, and has told the official Everton website that he is delighted the midfielder has made the switch to Goodison Park.

Cleverley spent last season on loan at Aston Villa from Manchester United and helped the side to avoid relegation out of the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final - even finding his scoring touch when Tim Sherwood took over at Villa Park. 

Jagielka said: “He’s a great player - nice and tidy - and will fit into the manager’s thoughts very well. He can play in a number of positions as well.

“He proved a lot of people wrong at Aston Villa – he obviously scored against us which I am sure he will take a little bit of stick for when he comes in!

“He’s a really nice lad who will fit in here straight away, and I’m sure he will have a big part to play next season.

“A lot of players come here and settle very quickly, so I’m sure Tom will be the same.”

The 25-year-old is a player that manager Roberto Martinez knows well, with the two having previously worked together at Wigan Athletic, and Cleverley has long been linked with a reunion with the Spaniard at Goodison. 

Over the past couple of seasons, Cleverley has often become a source of ridicule on social media, with some questioning the contribution he actually makes to the sides he plays for, despite having tasted Premier League title success with Manchester United prior to his departure from Old Trafford. 

Cleverley sees himself as the kind of player that keeps things ticking over and ensuring that his side retains possession, which fits in with the philosophy that Martinez preaches, but he has shown an eye for goal at Villa if played further forward - so he certainly gives Martinez some options.

After last season, some may have seen the signing as slightly underwhelming, but if successful he will prove to be a shrewd piece of business for the Toffees.

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