Ciaran Clark from Aston Villa was Newcastle’s 7th summer signing yesterday followed about 90 minutes later by Mohamed Diame from Hull City.
Clark cost us £5M and we activated the release clause in his Villa contract which still had four years to run and it will be interesting to see where Rafa Benitez will use the player who can play center-back, left back or in defensive midfield.
Ciaran Clark – a good addition to the side
Clark said he really fancied the move to Newcastle:
“I don’t think it was a difficult decision. I had been there for 16 years and I felt the time was right for a new challenge for myself and my family.”
“When I heard the news it was a move I really fancied.” “I am excited to get going and get in with the boys.”
“It is a massive club that is pushing for the right things. I am really excited now to be part of that.”
“It seems to have gone really quickly over the last few days. It was mad day the day I signed, but I am glad to get it all done and to be part of the squad.”
“From the moment I was shown around there was a very positive vibe.” “Just looking around the place gave me a real buzz and real excitement of things that might be coming.”
“I am very excited now to be involved and be part of something really positive.”
“I have shown over the years I can play in different positions.” “I do see myself as a center-half but if needed in other positions I can fill in and do a job there.”
It could be that Ciaran is the fourth specialist center-back and will fight it out with Jamaal Lascelles, Chancel Mbemba and Grant Hanley so that’s some competition there for two places – and hopefully center-back will no longer be a weakness at Newcastle.
But Ciaran could also push Paul Dummett for the left-back spot and at the very least his arrival will keep Paul on his toes.
Ciaran is a good player with lots of experience who can really prosper under the coaching of a world-class manager like Rafa Benitez.
That’s what we are hoping for.