Ciaran Clark has been one of our best players this season and who would have thought Ciaran would come in for £5M from Aston Villa and play so well for us this season?
That’s a surprise especially when like other Villa players he did not play well last season, but it shows Rafa knows a good player when he sees one.
Ciaran had attended a Junior Magpies signing session with the youngsters, who just love it and can see and speak to the players and some of the pictures put out are great.
Ciaran Clark – in training
Ciaran then gave an interview for nufcTV and this is some of what he said in that interview:
“It’s a blow to us that Dwighty came back and then had to go off injured – but Mitro came on and did really well.”
“Murph has also shown he is more than capable of getting goals when given the chance.” “We obviously want Dwight back as soon as possible, but we know we have lads ready to step in.”
“We feel like we are on a good run now, in good form.” “It is all about concentrating on the next game and staying focused.”
“We know we have got the three away games in a week and it will be tough, physically and mentally.”
“We are confident and we know what we have to do – but it is all about this home game with Bristol City first.”
“It was a good win for us, we knew that Aston Villa were a good side and they have got some good players – we knew that we were in for a tough game.”
“We got the goal and that settled us down and then the second which killed the game.”
“We wanted to focus on getting a clean sheet and we know we have the players to then score the goals.”
“It was a hard-fought game at Bristol City earlier this season and that is what it is all about in this league.”
“It isn’t about playing pretty football all the time, it is all about showing the fight and making sure you come off the pitch with the three points.”
We watched the interview with Ciaran Clark and he’s an impressive young man and certainly Rafa has brought in some really strong characters this season and that seems to be a priority for the manager.
And in that interview you can hear Rafa Benitez’ pragmatic philosophy coming through loud and clear.
Ciaran has probably been our best performing defender all season but others have done very well too.
Rafa wants honest hard-working and skilled players who will give their all for Newcastle United.
So do the Newcastle fans.