Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley has admitted he is out to silence his critics after being shipped out of Manchester United on loan.
The England international is set to spend the rest of the season in the West Midlands and could make his debut for the Villans at Liverpool on Saturday.
Cleverley looked set to move to Everton at one point late on in the summer transfer window before eventually ending up at Villa Park.
Ahead of his expected club debut at Anfield, the 25-year-old has revealed he is a man on a mission after slipping down the Old Trafford pecking order.
“I’m motivated to prove a few people wrong,” said Cleverley. “Hopefully that will also increase my performance levels too. First of all I’ve got to get into the team and hopefully play some part in a successful day at Liverpool on Saturday.
“Secondly, I’ve got to play well. Thirdly, I want to help get Aston Villa back up in the top half of the table where they belong.
“Then hopefully as a product of those three things I can get back into the England squad. That’s exactly what Fabian Delph has done, so I want to follow in his footsteps.”
Villa have made a strong start to the new season after taking seven points from their opening three games.
However, things are set to get much tougher as Paul Lambert’s men play Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City following this weekend’s trip to Merseyside.