Loan Watch (November): Wigan Athletic Fan On Tom Cleverley


During November the Latics had six games, two of which Tom Cleverley was ineligible for, Manchester United for obvious reasons and Arsenal in the Carling Cup, due to the fact that Fergie didn’t want him cup tied (wouldn’t have mattered after all), of the remaining four the young midfield man was an unused sub at Blackburn and started the other three, Liverpool and West
Brom at the DW Stadium and West Ham away.

In each of the three games that Cleverley played in he started wide right and finished all three games in the centre of midfield giving a good performance in each one.

Latics 1-1 Liverpool, DW Stadium, 10th November. Tom Cleverley showed a touch of class and why he is so highly rated at Old Trafford, he has quick feet, good vision and an excellent football brain, he was involved in some good passage of play, Latics dominated large periods of the game and Cleverley was involved in much of this, he was full of energy and not afraid to shoot when chance arose, though he didn’t trouble Reina in the Liverpool goal.

Latics 1-0 West Brom, DW Stadium, 13th November. Cleverley played wide right for the first half but was moved to centre midfield for the whole of the second half, the youngster was more involved in the game in his central role and was able to have a bigger influence on proceedings. Wigan scored the winner in the second half and dominated much of the play, Cleverley was again instrumental in this and he wasn’t afraid to put his foot in for a tackle or try his luck with a shot, one effort had Ben Foster in the Baggies goal scrambling to turn the shot around the post.

West Ham 3-1 Latics, Upton Park, 27th November. The last game of the month that Tom Cleverley played and he was head and shoulders the best Wigan player, Cleverley was committed and direct, he played with a desire to win the game and kept going when some of the more illustrious and experienced members of the team let their heads go down.

The young midfield man also scored a great goal when he fired home into the top far corner from 18 yards, also won a penalty when he took some responsibility on the ball and ran into the box committing West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon in to a clumsy challenge.

A good month for the youngster with some fine performances, more suited to the central midfield birth, he has a few tricks, tackles well and isn’t afraid of taking responsibility. I should imagine that he will feature in every game between now and when his loan agreement comes to an end.

Contribution by Baz, one of authors from Vital Football’s Wigan Forum.
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    Daryl Rogerson on

    Wigan fan here. Good analysis. I’ve heard that Ferguson can recall him in January if he wants. For both Wigan & Utd’s benefit I think he’d be better off staying at Wigan for a full season. He’s now pushing to be a first team starter every match, and is improving game upon game. I think being able to play in almost every match until the end of the season would benefit him more than playing for a better side with less game time.

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