An update has emerged on Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark, regarding interest in his services…
According to TEAMtalk, a transfer to the MLS could be on the cards for the Magpies outcast after he was omitted from the 25-man Premier League squad.
The report claims that he turned down a move to Championship side Middlesbrough during the January transfer window.
Eddie Howe must brutally axe Clark from the club as his time at St. James’ Park is up. He must sanction a sale to an MLS side in the coming days and weeks to move on from the Irishman.
He has been a liability throughout this season so far and it was no surprise to see him left out of the Premier League squad for the second half of the campaign. Unfortunately, he is not good enough for this level of football anymore and his performances have reflected that.
In the top-flight this term, he has averaged a dismal SofaScore rating of 6.29. No outfield player for Newcastle has averaged a lower score than that in the division and this suggests that he has been one of the worst players in the side, which is why he should be sold.
Former Toon player Malcolm MacDonald ripped into the defender earlier this season, saying:
“I think Ciaran Clark has been a great pro, not just for Newcastle, but over his career, great pro, at international level as well.
“He’s looking shocking at the moment, he’s looking unbalanced, he’s looking as if he can just be pushed around like a lightweight and he’s not showing the things that have made him an accomplished player.
“He’s not getting the ball, he’s not passing it. And I think ‘what is going on when a good, honest pro like Ciaran Clark is looking like a right duffer?’.”
These comments further highlight how poor the £42k-per-week dud has been this season. He is not good enough for a club looking to avoid relegation, given his statistics this term, and the club were justified in their decision to exclude him from the squad.
Howe must now go one step further and allow him to leave the team on a permanent basis. With Dan Burn coming in on deadline day, Newcastle are not short of options at the back and it seems unlikely that he will be needed in the summer, which is why it could make sense to cash in on him now with MLS clubs keen on landing him.