Is Tom Cleverley the number 10 Roberto Martinez is after?
According to the media Everton have opened talks with Man Utd midfielder.
The 25-year-old has been at Aston Villa on loan and is now out contract and available on a free transfer.
Roberto Martinez is a great admirer of Tom having managed him at Wigan Athletic in the 2010-11 season.
In 2014 Martinez defended the England international when there was a campaign to oust him from the England squad.
Roberto said: "There are only a few players in this country who have had the sort of education where they look as if they could have been brought up in Holland, Spain or France.
"Tom is one of them. I just don't understand this campaign, it is not the way to encourage young players.
"Maybe he has been given a bigger role than he should have been given but even so it is ridiculous to put someone so young in the spotlight then knock him down. We as a public are to blame if we allow that to happen. You have to help young players reach a level.
"What has happened is not Tom's fault, I think he is as good a talent as we have in the English game, and he is still growing. You wouldn't get this in other countries, and I find it disappointing that he is being judged so aggressively when he has not even reached 200 games. Such a young player does not need that sort of scrutiny or pressure, but I am sure he will come through it and be even more motivated."
Martinez tried to bring Cleverley to Everton, but Man Utd wanted him to go to Villa.
Roberto said: "It's the parent club that makes that decision. Maybe they just didn't want to send a player on loan to a club that is going to be challenging for things and finished above them last season, I don't know."
Cleverley's former Man Utd team mate Paul Scholes thinks he may end up at Everton.
Paul Scholes said: "I have a feeling that he might go to Everton. I don't know, I don't speak to Tom, but I just get the feeling knowing that he lives in a good distance from Everton's training ground.
"I think Martinez likes him. I think he will suit their style of play. He is a very good footballer, he likes to get forward, he likes to score goals, he is very good in possession."
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