Young Reds : Part I
June 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
Barely had the 2010-2011 Barclays Premier League season reached its denouement, than the intense brouhaha surrounding the imminent transfers of the crème de la crème of world football had begun.A no-holds barred speculative gossip has ensued as the likes of Luka Modrić,Wesley Sneijder,Charlie Adam et al have all been linked with possible switches to The Theater Of Dreams.Even German playmaker Mesut Özil now happily plying his trade with the Los Merengues has not been spared.In the midst of all this,supposed deals for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young and Atletico Madrid CF’s Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea were said to be finalised.Teenaged Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones put pen-to-paper a five year deal worth £16.5 million with a plethora of add-ons.But does United really need to invest heavily in the transfer market to find a tailor made replacement for outgoing veteran Paul Scholes?In my opinion, United has to look no further than their current batch of players graduating from MUFC’s academy.Meet the Basingstroke born Red Thomas William “Tom” Cleverley.
One of the numerous positives to come out of Manchester United’s hugely successful record breaking campaign was the emergence of this talented young Englishman who spent the entirety of last season on loan at Wigan Athletic.Although he has had successful loan spells at Leicester City and Watford FC in the past,according to me, the last season has led him to believe that he can try and fill the gaping void in the centre of the park left by the departure of Scholessy.His four goals from midfield helped Wigan beat the drop and stay in the top flight.Read his interview here:Tom Cleverley vows to emulate United legend Paul Scholes.So all in all Cleverley could well be a part of Sir Alex’s famed youth policy of harvesting bright ,precocious talent and mentoring them until they realise their full potential.
Tom is currently in Denmark with his other United colleagues Danny Welbeck,Christopher Smalling and new signing Phil Jones as they try and win the coveted U21 European Championships and carve their names in European footballing history alongside the likes of Petr Čech,Andrea Pirlo,Luis Figo and many more.Last night I chanced upon a video of his which was recorded during the practice session ahead of England’s match against Czech Republic.Sit back and enjoy as Tom and Danny combine to score a goal that the likes of Xavi and Iniesta will be proud of.
I sincerely hope that the gaffer uses Tom extensively this season as I have a feeling that the coming season can be a breakthrough year for the lad.Watch Tom in action for England and a few goals from his time on loan below.Enjoy!