After we had talked about Ciaran Clark being the odd one out of our five center-backs, and that he could be sold in January, Ciaran came roaring back with an excellent performance on Monday night in the 2-1 win at Burnley.
He was also made captain for the night and scored Newcastle’s second goal from a great set play; Ciaran headed home in style from a right-wing cross following a corner.
It was his best game of the season as several of Newcastle’s players are finding their top form during our three-game winning streak.
Ciaran Clark scores at Turf Moor
Rafa played three center-backs on Monday night in a 5-4-1 defensive formation, and that makes three wins out of three games in November for our very talented manager.
This is what Rafa said about Ciaran after the game:
“I think he did well. The three center-backs had to adapt to two strong strikers, and after they put more big lads on the pitch.”
“I think they did really well. For someone who was not playing – to play at the level he played, I’m really pleased with him.”
Ciaran was also left out of the Republic of Ireland squad in the last International break, so he has responded very well to that.
We’ll have to wait and see if Ciaran plays on Saturday against West Ham at home but Paul Dummett is unlikely to be ft for the game and Rafa is likely to play the same starting eleven.
That’s even if the boss goes back to his more familiar 4-2-3-1 formation against the Hammers with Ciaran at left-back.