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Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley has thanked manager Walter Mazzarri after giving him the licence to get forward.

The 27-year-old, on loan from Everton, has been handed a free role in the middle of the park and has already provided two assists in six starts for the Hornets.

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Cleverley’s form has been in stark contrast to the 10 games he played for the Toffees this season, where he was deployed in a more restrictive role in midfield.

The former Manchester United player was asked if he was happier at Vicarage  Road.

“Yes I am. I’ve got to be thankful to the manager here that he’s seen my best position and he’s playing me in it,” The Hertfordshire Mercury quote him as saying.

“He’s given me the chance to show where I’m best playing, but one side Watford fans will have seen to my game this time around is that I have got that defensive responsibility if called upon as well.

“I can make tackles, I can cover people, but I like to play in central midfield with a license to get forward as well.

“If I can score the same number of goals as last time, 11, then that’d be perfect!”

Watford will have the opportunity to turn Cleverley’s loan deal into a permanent one come the end of the season.

The Hornets are currently only six points above the relegation zone and fans will be hoping the England international’s performances will help secure their safety for another campaign.