By Matt Farr
Everton midfield outcast Tom Cleverley has completed his loan move to Watford – and fans are thrilled to see the back of him.
The 27-year-old has joined Watford on loan until the end of the season, after falling out of favour at Goodison Park.
Cleverley managed just 12 appearances in all competitions for Everton this season, and the confirmed arrival of Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United on Thursday afternoon signalled the end for his time at the club.
Watford have an option to buy the player next summer if they are impressed by the England international midfielder’s performances, meaning Cleverley may have played his last game for the club.
He signed a five-year deal with Everton back in 2015, joining from Manchester United, but never established himself as a first-team regular with the club.
His departure to Watford was confirmed by the club’s official Twitter account just shortly after Schneiderlin signed for the Toffees.
— Everton (@Everton) January 12, 2017
Following the announcement, Everton fans took to social media to deliver their verdicts on the deal.
Here are some of their messages on Twitter:
Schneidlin in Cleverley out
Am I dreaming Hahahaha
Who's happy blues ????????
— Everton FC 1878 (@Efccol) January 12, 2017
Schneiderlin in cleverley out, im loving this new, rich Everton ????????????????????
— Jamie (@jamiepeterEFC) January 12, 2017
— Cal Fletcher (@calfletch98) January 12, 2017
£8 million to buy Cleverley after loan spell…we got him on a free….great buisness Everton
— Gareth Hunt (@Gazzabluenose) January 12, 2017
days getting better and better
— zac (@z_c31) January 12, 2017
TOM CLEVERLEY IS LEAVING EVERTON THESE ARE THE DAYS, THE GOLDEN DAYS
— Tom Shannon (@Tommos_16) January 12, 2017
— Cookie (@cookieblue56) January 12, 2017
Cleverley previously enjoyed a spell with Watford in the 2009-2010 campaign, where he signed on loan from Manchester United.
He finished the campaign with 11 goals and five assists as the Hornets finished 16th in the Championship.
He will be hoping to pick up where he left off at Vicarage Road, this time in their bid to reaffirm their Premier League status. They are currently 14th in the league, seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Their recent form is a concern, having won just twice from their last 10 league games, and they head into Saturday’s clash with Middlesbrough on the back of two straight defeats to Tottenham and Stoke.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are closing in on a deal for this striker, as he undergoes a medical.