By Emma Sanders
Football Insider chooses which Everton player has been the biggest disappointment in 2016.
Tom Cleverley has been the most disappointing player for the Toffees in the last 12 months despite being flagged as a potential midfield star when he signed.
The 27-year-old joined Everton in the summer of 2015 on a free from Manchester United after he was let go by Louis Van Gaal following a seven-year affiliation with the English giants.
Cleverley was an international, a Manchester United first team player and a midfielder Sir Alex Ferguson dubbed as having huge potential.
It seemed like a great addition for Everton when he joined in the summer of 2015 but he has been hugely disappointing and has still not consolidated a regular place in the starting XI.
Idrissa Gueye’s arrival in the summer pushed him further down the pecking order but it was meant to Cleverley, not 35-year-old veteran Gareth Barry who would become the anchorman in midfield.
Cleverley’s passing is inconsistent and he seems to be passed by in midfield on too many occasions, with pacey dribblers able to move away from him with ease.
All-in-all, he offers very little going forward and he’s not solid enough to play as a reliable holding midfielder so he is rightfully being overlooked by Ronald Koeman.
So far this season, he’s made just four league starts and in the whole of 2016, he has started just 21 Premier League fixtures, scoring two goals and providing four assists.
In other Everton news, this 26-year-old was named the club’s best player in 2016.