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Such a good article. It's what I've been thinking for some time now. Cleverley is almost unique amongst English players, except for Wilshere. The quick short passing, quick feet and excellent control are attributes you don't usually see in English midfielders. The only thing he doesn't do as well as Wilshere is dribbling. But the clowns who continue to make the case for Steven 'run fast with the ball and shoot' Gerrard playing for England make me sick. As an England fan, with Rooney now out for the group stages, I hope Capello sees sense and starts with Wilshere and Cleverley (nice balance in midfield with a pivot behind them (who could be Carrick tbh). Young, Welbeck and Sturridge up front. The reason Scholes didn't play well for England was because there was only one of him. Having 2 ball playing central midfielders will exponentially improve England. There is no longer any excuse for football which isn't fluent.
Thought you'd appreciate it Stefan. :)
I dont think its too much of a stretch now to say that Cleverley is potentially our most important central midfielder, for the reasons Harrison stated.
The pairing of him and Ando has looked impressive, but if Anderson can't perform with the others, that doesn't bode well for us considering we're going to need to rotate throughout the season, and essentially would mean that when Cleverley was injured, we'd be two central midfielders down!
I think Fletcher at his best is a very good player, again, just needs the right partner. I think him or Carrick alongside Cleverley would be the best option if the defense needed extra protection.
Perhaps too early to say he reminds me slightly of Robson, but he's certainly a player we've missed for the past few years. Just need to bring Pogba on asap to get this area up to the standard it should be at United. We look strong everywhere else, not perfect, but in comparison to our rivals, only Citeh comes close.
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I see Anderson and Cleverley as mirror images - just right and left footed versions. I'd be interested to see Cleverley playing alongside Carrick and Fletcher - I have a feeling that he may play in a similarly disappointing way to the way Anderson does with them due to the lack of angles. In short, they need eachother, and we need at least one more midfielder like them - PASS AND MOVE!