Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Tom Cleverley Deserves New Contract
The England international has been superb in his first-team appearances this season and has become one of United's most integral players throughout the year—making a new deal and subsequent pay rise a deserved thing for the talented 23-year-old.
Reports via The Daily Mirror suggest:
The Manchester United midfielder is already contracted to the club until 2015 but his rise in becoming a regular member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team means he is set for a reward.
Cleverley currently picks up around £35,000 a week in basic pay. But negotiations between now and the summer are expected to see him move towards the same level as Danny Welbeck—who recently signed a deal for just over double that figure.
Cleverley has been very strong for the Red Devils this year, and he has earned himself a spot in the starting team as a result of his control in the middle. So much so that veterans Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have fought it out for the substitution of Cleverley when Sir Alex Ferguson brings him off—rather than the other way around, which many had thought would transpire coming into the 2013 season.
Compared to several others at United, a new deal for Cleverley at around £70,000 a week isn't completely unreasonable and fits in with the squad.
It's not like he's hardly playing and getting a new deal, and it's not like he's ineffective when on the field. In fact, perhaps the fact that Danny Welbeck was able to get £70,000 last summer shows just how likely the England midfielder is to receive his new contract at the club.
Ferguson is notorious for signing younger players on long deals, and it therefore wouldn't be surprising to see the 23-year-old on a new four- or five-year deal.
Cleverley is still very young and coming into his role as a holding midfielder in the team—he hasn't had a completely perfect season for the Red Devils. Yet when he's been needed, Cleverley has excelled, and it's that form that's likely to see him earn a new deal at Old Trafford.
The midfielder is a very strong passer of the ball, who ranks very high in the team for pass completion percentage and average passes per game. Moreover, he is a strong tackler through the middle of the field, and he adds that extra element into United's defensive ranks when teams are attacking.
But it's the things that don't necessarily show up on a statistics sheet that make Cleverley strong and a huge asset to United's midfield. He doesn't tend to get caught out of position much, he brings great hustle and aggression (though sometimes too much aggression) and has an excellent relationship brooding with Michael Carrick in the middle of the field.
Those are things that won't show up on paper, but they do matter to the decision makers at United, who should, in turn, reward Cleverley for his performances this year—especially if he's going to be the future of United's central midfield.
Do you think Tom Cleverley deserves a new deal at Manchester United?
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