Playing Backstage Politics
Join Date: Jan 2007
Re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread (Wake me up when November ends :'()
There are not many ideal comparisons to make because as you said, it's still hard to pinpoint his position.
My point about appearances is that a major prospect would be expected to be a reasonably regular starter for his team by the age of 23. Especially given he plays in an area many United fans idenitiy as their weakest.
I was running out of young midfielders at top clubs to choose from. I could go abroad and say that players like Kroos, Gotze, Eriksen, Thiago, Strootman and possibly a couple of others are all younger than Cleverley and to my mind, better than him too.
I agree with you 100% at his age and if he is so highly thought of he should be starting week in week out but i think fergie does not trust alot of the younger and more inexperienced players at the club and that is why you see scholes, giggs and carrick always picked ok giggs not as much but more than he should be. Vs QPR is another example ok maybe he saw a chance to start fletch and scholes but surely qpr at home is a perfect game to go with ando and cleverley.
Funny you mention strootman would not mind utd signing that lad.