Cleverley, Deulofeu coming with Everton

Former Barcelona playmaker Gerard Deulofeu has joined Everton for his second stint after impressing on loan during the 2013-14 English Premier League season.
Former Barcelona playmaker Gerard Deulofeu has joined Everton for his second stint after impressing on loan during the 2013-14 English Premier League season.PHOTO: ACTION IMAGES

Fans in Singapore will be among the first to see Everton's new summer signings in action in next week's Barclays Asia Trophy here.

Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu have been named in Roberto Martinez's 24-man squad for the four-team tournament which will also feature fellow English Premier League teams Stoke City and Arsenal plus a Singapore Selection.

The 25-year-old Cleverley, who was on loan last season at Aston Villa, joined the Toffees at the start of this month after his contract expired at Manchester United.

The English midfielder tallied three goals in the previous season, which were scored in consecutive games against Manchester City, Everton and West Ham.

Spaniard Deulofeu, a Barcelona academy product, will see his second spell at Goodison Park after he spent the 2013-14 season on loan and helped Everton to finish in fifth spot in that campaign.

  • BARCLAYS ASIA TROPHY: EVERTON

  • Goalkeepers: Joel Robles, Tim Howard, Jindrich Stanek

    Defenders: Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Tyias Browning, Luke Garbutt, Brendan Galloway

    Midfielders: Aiden McGeady, James McCarthy, Muhamed Besic, Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Tom Cleverley

    Forwards: Arouna Kone, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith, Conor McAleny, Gerard Deulofeu.

Last month, the 21-year-old signed a three-year-contract - with the option of a further year - in a deal that is worth £4.2 million (S$8.9 million).

Toffees fans will also be thrilled to see that Martinez is bringing a loaded roster which includes United States goalkeeper Tim Howard and England internationals Ross Barkley and Phil Jagielka - Everton's captain who was also their player of the year.

Coming too are Belgian duo Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku, the club's top scorer with 20 goals in all competitions last season.

Martinez feels that the tournament here offers the perfect preparation ahead of his side's EPL opener at home against newly-promoted Watford on Aug 8.

"We are heading to something completely different that I do feel is going to be perfect in trying to reach a really competitive level quicker than any other pre-season, due to the pedigree of this tournament," the manager said.

The Barclays Asia Trophy will take place at the National Stadium on July 15 and 18.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.sportshubtix.sg, booking hotline (+65) 3158 7888 (10 am to 8pm daily) or Singpost outlets.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2015, with the headline 'Cleverley, Deulofeu coming with Everton'. Print Edition | Subscribe