By Alex Stevens
Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Watford’s signing of Tom Cleverley could be the “shrewdest” transfer of the January window.
Cleverley recently completed a move from Everton to Vicarage Road on loan until the end of the season.
The transfer includes a summer option for the Hornets to retain Cleverley, 27, on a permanent contract, should they so wish.
High profile TV and newspaper pundit Redknapp is convinced that the Manchester United trainee can make a big impact for Walter Mazzarri’s team in the wake of his second appearance for his new club at the weekend.
“Watford’s signing of Tom Cleverley could be one of the shrewdest moves of this transfer window,” wrote Redknapp in his Mail column on Monday. “I look at Watford and see a mishmash of players with very little cohesion.
“While he may have struggled in recent seasons, Cleverley knows the club from his loan spell seven years ago and understands the Premier League.
“As his corner for Troy Deeney’s goal against Bournemouth shows, his delivery from set pieces will be a real asset.”
Cleverly, who has amassed 13 England caps, is contracted to Everton until 2020 but was a bit-part player under Ronald Koeman in the opening half of the season.
The 2015 summer signing, who moved to Goodison Park on a free transfer after his United deal had expired, started just four league matches under the Dutchman.
Cleverley will be hoping his second stint at Vicarage Road can be as successful as his first, when he scored an impressive 11 goals from 37 matches.
Meanwhile, Everton’s recent improvement, incorporating four wins from five league matches, has helped the team to consolidate their position of seventh in the league table, although they are a distant nine points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool.
The Toffees do not have a fixture this weekend as they were knocked out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage by Leicester.