Ciaran Clark joined the Magpies in the Championship in August of 2016 from the similarly afflicted Aston Villa.
Though he was part of a corrosive Villa side which at times displayed an awful lack of professionalism, the Irish international seemed to give his all when on the pitch.
His signing was thus welcomed by most Newcastle supporters
Ciaran Clark proved to be a terrific acquisition as the team prevailed in their promotion attempt. He made 38 appearances in the Championship and ended up as the club’s player of the season.
Ciaran Clark – a terrific acquisition for Newcastle
The following two seasons in the top-flight have been unfortunate for the defender. A mix of new signings at his position and a ball distributor coming in at keeper have resulted in fewer chances to play.
In the 2017-2018 season, Clark had some opportunities early on. He made 21 total appearances before February as Newcastle struggled for consistency back in the Premier League.
It is revealing that not one of those appearances came once Martin Dubravka claimed the keeper position with that scintillating debut against Man United.
Rafa Benitez apparently preferring the more technically sound Florian Lejeune as an outlet for Dubravka from that game forward.
Ciaran Clark would not play another minute that season.
This season Clark has found it even harder to get into the team with stellar signings Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez both being ahead of Clark.
With only 14 appearances this season and only one since mid-December, we have wonder if Newcastle will try to offload the 29-year-old this summer.
Though he has been the consummate professional and did get on the score sheet three times, his career may be stagnating at Newcastle.
He remains good cover and if Newcastle keeps with a back three next season and that will be positive.
Barring significant injuries to key defenders though, he will find it hard to get on the pitch next season as well.