Cleverley: I'm happy I can say this about my Aston Villa spell

Midfielder Tom Cleverley feels he can look back on his brief spell as an Aston Villa player positively.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley has told AVTV he’s happy he can look back on his spell with the club positively.

Cleverley was on loan at Villa from Manchester United last season, before agreeing a move to Everton, which will go through when the next transfer window opens at the start of next month.

It was an important period during the player’s career and one where he’s happy he was able to have an impact in terms of the club’s Premier League survival under Tim Sherwood.

“I’m happy that I can say I had an input [in helping the team stay up]. Even though it wasn’t just me, it was nice to help towards two vital wins which were important to staying in the league,” he said.

Cleverley has moved on and Aston Villa will also need to do so ahead of next season, as they look to prevent another season of fending off the threat of relegation.

Sherwood has two options as he looks to compensate for Cleverley’s absence next year.

He can go out in the transfer market, looking for a player to come in on loan or he could look to invest in a permanent signing in the market.

The alternative is for the boss to look within the club to someone like Gary Gardner, who has returned to the club after a loan spell with Nottingham Forest last season.

Gardner will be keen to have an impact for Villa, but whichever way Sherwood goes, he’s got to make the right move, which will help the team to move forward.

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