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Saturday media watch [18.10.14]: Cleverley/Delph in focus


*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert wants goals from Tom Cleverley as Aston Villa look to build on their steady start to the season. In the past two years the midfielder has only scored twice in the Premier League and Lambert insists he needs to add more. Against Everton on Saturday afternoon the on-loan Manchester United ace will line up against the club he almost joined last month before a late twist on transfer deadline day. With Christian Benteke returning, the Villa boss believes Cleverley will benefit and he's hoping to see his name on the scoresheet soon. "It would be nice if he could go on a bit of a goalscoring run for us now," said Lambert.

Daily Mirror: Paul Lambert believes Christian Benteke's return will help Tom ­Cleverley to become a box-to-box scoring midfielder. The Belgium international hot-shot is pushing for his first Aston Villa start of the season at Everton on Saturday after the Achilles surgery that forced him to miss the World Cup. Villa boss Lambert hopes the 6ft 3in Benteke will win more flick-ons for the team, enabling Cleverley to break from midfield. And, with England new boy Fabian Delph ruled out for two months with a shoulder injury, Lambert will be looking for on-loan Manchester United midfielder Cleverley to find the net. Lambert, who beat Everton to ­Cleverley's signature in August, said: "I think getting to the box is his strength. Tom can hit the box and, with Benteke back, I'm looking for him to make wee runs off him. "So, yes, we're looking for Tom to chip in with a few goals. He's getting better and better, game by game, for us."

Daily Star: Tom Cleverley has been told to become a Premier League peacock and stop being shy in front of goal. Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert wants the 25-year-old to grab his England shirt back by improving his dismal goal return. The on-loan Manchester United star has scored just two league goals in over two years - and one of those was against Villa! He gets the perfect opportunity to shine today with a trip to Everton - who were involved in a midnight deadline day wrangle to get him. Cleverley might well have been playing his football at Goodison this season but in the end they pulled the plug on the deal. Villa rescued him from his Old Trafford torment and now have first option to buy the £7m rated star in January. Lambert feels Cleverley is far too good a player to be so goal-shy and would love him to start hitting the net as quickly as possible. His last goal was against Villa in a 3-0 United win - his only Premier League goal last season. Prior to that the last time he hit the net in the league was in a 3-0 United win at Newcastle in October 2012. The Villa boss wants Cleverley to make raids on the opposition box and show the sort of form that won him 13 England caps.

Daily Mirror: Aston Villa and England ace Fabian Delph is facing up to eight weeks out with a shoulder injury. The midfielder, 24, learned today he needs surgery on his shoulder after dislocating it in a fall in training. Delph is now unlikely to play again until late December and will miss England's Euro 2016 qualifier next month at home to Slovenia. Boss Paul Lambert said: "He had an awkward fall, it is a nightmare for him." It is also a huge blow for Villa as their current player of the year Delph has again been in fine form for his club this season. Last month he won his first international cap in England's friendly against Norway and has since played in qualifiers against Switzerland and Estonia.

BT Sport: Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph will undergo surgery after dislocating his right shoulder in training and is set to be out for approximately two months, ruling him out of England's November fixtures. The midfielder suffered the injury after returning from international duty on Tuesday and falling awkwardly during training. Villa manager Paul Lambert declined to confirm the extent of the damage when speaking to reporters on Thursday but the club confirmed the severity to Press Association Sport on Friday evening. England face Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on November 15 with a friendly against Scotland following three days later.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa and England midfielder Fabian Delph is to undergo surgery after dislocating his right shoulder in training. The 24-year-old is expected to be ruled out for two months after falling awkwardly during a training session on Tuesday and is not likely to be back in action until the Christmas period. Delph has enjoyed an impressive rise to the international stage after cementing a place in the heart of the Villa midfield and started for England in the 1-0 victory over Estonia in Tallinn on Sunday. He will now miss England's European Qualifier against Slovenia next month and the friendly against Scotland which follows that match.

Daily Star: Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph will have surgery on his dislocated shoulder, which is likely to keep him sidelined for two months. The 24-year-old injured his shoulder following a tumble in training yesterday and news that Delph faces surgery is likely to come as a massive blow to Villa boss Paul Lambert. Lambert said yesterday: "It's a nightmare. Nobody was near him when he did it. He fell on his shoulder and we need to get it checked out. "We don't know how bad it is or whether resting it for a couple of weeks is enough." The former Leeds midfielder's impressive start to the season has caught Roy Hodgson's eye and Delph started Sunday's 1-0 victory over Estonia. He is likely to be out of action until after the busy Christmas period.

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BBC Sport: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is facing up to a further month out after suffering a calf strain in training. Sturridge, 25, had just recovered from a thigh strain sustained on England duty in September.

Sky Sports: QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists his job at Loftus Road is safe, despite reports he could be sacked after a poor start to the season. The Londoners have struggled on their return to the top flight and prop up the Premier League with just four points to show from their opening seven games.

BBC Sport: David Moyes says he is ready to revive his managerial career after his ill-fated tenure at Manchester United. In his first broadcast interview since losing his job at Old Trafford in April, the former Everton boss, 51, told the BBC: "I am ready to return."

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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