Matt Clarke, what a signing he’s been from Ipswich, right?
When Adam Webster left Pompey for Portman Road we all worried about the loss of such a key performer. However, in fairness, we gained an excellent footballer in Clarke, who enjoyed a superb loan on the south coast and has been exceptional since. The best thing about that deal was the fact we got a player plus cash, which definitely softened the blow.
I’m guessing we’ll find out soon enough what sort of sell-on fee we’ll have to pay the Tractor Boys for Clarke when he goes, as there’s no little chance he’ll still be at Fratton Park next season, in my opinion.
Yes, the 21-year-old is under contract and there’s no pressure to sell, but any scout from a Premier League or Championship club worth their post would be insistent on his club signing him. Clarke defends like a proper defender and brings the ball out from the back like the modern day footballer should.
Another final day performance of quality would have added to his growing list of admirers, putting his value up too. Well, that coupled with his claiming the Player of the Year award, the countless supporter groups wins along with the one from his teammates, who voted him the Players’ Player of the Year.
Contracts aren’t worth much these days, but the one we have in place does strengthen our position slightly. Then again if Clarke wants out, in all honesty, he’ll get his wish, most footballers get what they want in football now.
Being non-committal on his future recently suggested to me a step up is on his mind. On the flipside, his departure should bring in funds to strengthen, so if utilised properly the exit of one could result in Pompey becoming stronger in other areas. So, it’s not all doom and gloom and a glass half full, as opposed to half empty, should be taken.
All this said; it goes without saying I’d sincerely hope Clarke does stay at Fratton Park!
PLAY UP POMPEY