Watford secured a major deal today when they landed Tom Cleverley on-loan from Everton, with the England international returning to the club where he previously spent time for the 2009-10 season.
Since leaving Manchester United in 2015, Cleverley has struggled to live-up to the high expectations he set during the early days of his career and, now 27, he needs to find his feet and become an important member of a top-flight side.
Watford could be that opportunity for Cleverley, who returns to familiar surroundings and the statistics show some promise.
11 – Tom Cleverley scored as many goals in his one season at Watford in 2009-10 as he has in his seven subsequent league campaigns. Return. pic.twitter.com/ppF5g9ZSnr
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 12, 2017
Scoring seven goals during his season with Watford, Cleverley has managed the same amount in his seven seasons since all together- which shows exactly how much he has declined in the past seven years.
Watford are currently enjoying a positive campaign in the Premier League, sat 14th, but the danger of relegation is not yet passed as the Hornets are just seven points above the relegation zone.