Rafa Already Getting The Best Out Of This Top Defender

27 year-old Irish International Ciaran Clark can play at center-back, left back or in defensive midfield, so he’s quite a versatile player to have in the Newcastle squad.

So far in his Newcastle career the 6ft 2ins tall player has made 7 appearances and he has played at both center-back and left back.

Currently he seems to be first choice at center-back with captain Jamaal Lascelles and he’s keeping both Chancel Mbemba and Grant Hanley on the sidelines at the moment.

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Ciaran Clark in his debut against Reading

The Harrow-born defender played for all the England youth sides, but was then selected to play for the Republic of Ireland because his parents are both Irish.

Clark has been playing really well for us over the last few games and he’s been outstanding in defense – and Rafa already seems to be bringing the very best out of the former Aston Villa defender.

This is what Ciaran Clark has told the Chronicle today when asked what he thought his best position was:

“I prefer to play centre-half.” “I have played in a lot of positions but to be honest I will play anywhere I am asked.”

“I’d play in goal if I had to. Centre-half, though, is the position that I’d like to settle down in.”

“We have some quality players here and hopefully through training more, and playing more with all the boys, we will all strike up good partnerships.”

“With the rotation system we have here it means you can get a partnership going with different players when needed.”

“We’ll see how it goes and look to get good results.”

We’ll have to wait and see if Ciaran will start the game against Brentford on Saturday.

Ireland won both their games during the International break beating Georgia 1-0 at home and Moldova 3-1 away.

Ciaran played the full 90 minutes in each game and since the last game at Moldova was on Sunday he should be OK and will probably start for Newcastle against Brentford on Saturday.

Ciaran is looking to be an excellent signing for us for only £5M.

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