Date: 16th September 2009 at 12:52pm
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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.