Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Hornets did homework with Clever Tom

Hornets did homework with Clever Tom

Malky Mackay has confirmed that Watford are reaping the rewards for doing their "homework" when they recruited 'Clever Tom` Cleverley from the finishing school at Old Trafford.

The Manchester United youngster has adapted so well to life south of the Watford Gap that he`s now chalked up 3 goals in 5 games - including the winner against Plymouth last night - and earnt his first cap for the England U21s.

And Braveheart Watford boss, Malky Mackay, reckons it`s all down to the fact that he`s "settled into the group within 5 minutes" that the Hornets have been able to steer Clever Tom well clear of being struck down with a nasty bout of the Sietes or even a curious case of the ol' Travners (heaven forbid).

Of his highly regarded midfield playmaker, Braveheart told the 'fficial site "We did our homework with him and he`s settled immediately - He`s a great young character, he`s enthusiastic, he`s scored goals and he`s set goals up."

Mackay, who reckons the grounding Cleverley`s had at Manchester United "is invaluable" added "Tom has shown a real willingness to be a team player".

Here at VitalWatford we`ve got to say that as much as people dislike Sir Alex Ferguson and his way of doing things, we didn`t expect anything else. The youngsters that have all come out on loan to Watford - be it Webber, Eagles, Foster and now Cleverley - have all been the ultimate professional without any attitude or self dillusion.

(We can only hope that tradition is upheld by Craig Cathcart).

And it`s good to hear Clever Tom saying that he` eyeing more and more goals and even hints that he might be under the wing at Vicarage Road for the season. He told the W`Observer "If I stay here for the full season then I would like to get into double figures for the season and keep my place in Watford`s team…".

Well, you are certainly going about it the right way young Thomas.



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Dr Watford
Date:Wednesday September 16 2009
Time: 12:51PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Match Day Officials v West Ham (25/2/17)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against West Ham United this Saturday.

Chelsea Tie To Be Rescheduled

Watford's trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in March has now been postponed and will be rearranged.

Niang - I'm Nothing Like Balotelli

January arrival from AC Milan, M'Baye Niang, has dismissed suggestions he's like Mario Balotelli and spoken about how he's settling into life at Watford...

More Reliable Than An Octopus 2016/17? (22/2/17)

A new season, a new special computer crunching the numbers to determine the final Premier League positions for 2016/17.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Watford
Write For Vital Watford
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man U MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Gomes75%
Cathcart0%
Kaboul0%
Prodl0%
Britos0%
Cleverley25%
Zarate0%
Capoue0%
Niang0%
Holebas0%
Deeney0%
Sub - Janmaat0%
Sub - Okaka0%
Sub - Success0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Watford Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 5:30PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 13 2017 8:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
Write for Vital Football