Lee Bowyer: What Tom Cleverley needs to do better at Everton

Former England international Lee Bowyer has suggested where Tom Cleverley needs to work on his performances.

Former England and Leeds United player Lee Bowyer told the Daily Mail that he feels Everton star Tom Cleverley needs to focus on adding goals to his game this season.

Cleverley had a decent season on loan with Aston Villa last year but chose to take a permanent move to Everton ahead of the new campaign rather than sticking with Tim Sherwood’s side.

It will be interesting to see how Roberto Martinez looks to utilise him in the Everton line-up but Bowyer feels he should be playing at the top of midfield, pressing forward to try and increase his goal count.

“Tom Cleverley should get more goals, he is that type of player. But it’s difficult with formations today,” he told the Daily Mail.

Can he be Everton’s attacking midfielder?

There is enough cover in terms of players who can control the midfield play at Everton to be able to release him to play in an advanced role.

However, Roberto Martinez is a manager who likes his teams to play a heavy brand of possession based football, which suggests that Cleverley may be best utilised by the Spaniard in a more textbook central role.

It’s also important to point out that the Toffees boss still has Ross Barkley available.

Barkely’s best position is arguably at the top of the midfield, looking to be that player who runs from deep and gets into good positions to support the attack and create, as well as take, opportunities.

Cleverley should certainly benefit from an extended spell where he’s settled at a club and regardless of where he plays, if he can add a few goals along the way, it will be a big help.

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