At the end of March we saw news that Tom Cleverley is expecting a pay rise. Now, when I say pay rise, I really mean pay leap – to roughly double what he gets per week.
Cleverley is currently on basic pay of 35k a week, not at all a bad sum for a player at 23 years old. However, his more regular appearances in the squad have resulted in negotiations for a bonus, a bonus to match around Danny Welbeck’s weekly earnings, who recently signed a five-year contract for an eye-watering 75k at just 21.
However is Cleverley – already in a 5-year contract also – worth this pay jump?
With 25 appearances (inc. as a sub) this season against 15 at the end of last season, it’s clear to see Sir Alex is definitely keener to see Clev on the pitch, especially when he’s provided us with a nice 4 goals this season.
For me, Michael Carrick has been class this season, where other midfielders have been somewhat mediocre. With Carrick’s reported wage being 70k per week, that to me is justified. I’m just not sure whether Cleverley has hit that mark yet.
However, the Cleverley/Carrick partnership is one I like and one I’d be eager to see progress, both starting in recent key games such as Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Cleverley has no doubt improved, and is no doubt continually progressing. For me, he hasn’t yet reached anywhere near his potential, and at just 23, although I don’t see him as world class yet, there’s still plenty of time. IF this Wage increase is the incentive he needs to continue such development and it will encourage him to go from strength to strength, then I myself am all for it.
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