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Ciaran Clark Is Getting A Lot Of Love For His Central Role In Newcastle's Renaissance Under Rafa

Ciaran Clark Is Getting A Lot Of Love For His Central Role In Newcastle's Renaissance Under Rafa

Republic of Ireland footballer Ciaran Clark has had a brilliant start to his career at Newcastle. The Magpies have won seven and drawn one of the eight games Clark has played so far this season. His move from Aston Villa during the summer transfer window seemed akin to a man escaping from a sinking ship and at the time the London-born defender admitted that it "wasn't a hard decision" to leave after spending sixteen years of his career at Villa.

This admission resulted in Clark picking up a bit of stick from Villa fans.

Clark responded to that criticism in the best way possible, winning a man of the match award in Newcastle's 1-1 draw at Villa Park and clocking up some simply brilliant stats, as shown in the below tweet.

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Clark's performances are massively encouraging ahead of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifying games against Georgia and Moldova next week. He has been receiving praise from Newcastle fans after recent displays including a clean sheet in Saturday's win away to Rotherham.

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Writing in 'The Chronicle', Newcastle journalist Mark Douglas described Clark as "a rock at the back" and acknowledged that while Clark's signing "raised eyebrows" he heads into the international break in "sublime form".

He has even been getting in and amongst the goals, netting a header against QPR in his side's 6-0 win there in September (1:30 in below).

 

(H/T: Brendan McGuinness)

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