Ciaran Clark came in for his debut on Wednesday night in the 4-1 win against Reading and in his words he did OK on his debut.
Ciaran can be a very accomplished player at his best but he has tended to be inconsistent in his time at Aston Villa, but maybe Rafa Benitez can help with that.
At times he looked good at the back but other times he looked clumsy, like when he gave away that first half penalty just before the break.
Ciaran Clark in action against Reading
But Ciaran is a good player and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site following his debut:
“The win was the most important thing but it was an amazing feeling to get out there and make my debut.”
“It was a good win. Overall, I think we were the better team.”
“My performance was OK. I probably should have done better with a header in the first half.”
“I had control of it and should have kept it down, but hopefully next time I get the opportunity I will make better use of it.”
“As for the penalty, I don’t know if it was. I felt it was quite a soft one, and it was at an important time of the game – just before half-time.”
“We should have been going in with the lead, so to be going in drawing was obviously very disappointing.”
“But we showed great character in the second half and came out just as quick as we did at the start of the first half.”
“There were some great goals out there, some great performances, and the team did really well.”
“We created plenty of chances, and if you’re doing that and looking dangerous in the final third, then with the lads we have in the squad we are always going to score goals.”
“There’s been three different pairings there (center-back) already, so there’s good competition.”
“But that’s the same all over the squad. We have quality players and with the amount of games there are in this league it’s a good thing for us.”
“We all go out there in training and push each other to try and get the best out of each other.”
“No matter who plays, the rest of the boys give them full support, and it’s a dressing room that has a real unity about it.”
It’s good to hear there is unity in the dressing room, because it hasn’t always been that way in recent seasons.
Clark will be pushing for a place in the Newcastle team this season at both center-back and left-back – and maybe his better chance of starting for Newcastle would be at left-back?
We have Paul Dummett there at the moment, although Brendan Galloway is expected to come in on a season-long loan – and he would be strong competition at left-back.
Rafa wants competition in all of the positions at Newcastle and he certainly has that at center-back and left-back, but we’re sure Clark will get his fair share of games in this long tough season ahead.