Ciaran Clark’s run of games awarded with International call-up
I’ve always been a fan of Ciaran Clark, and to be honest it’s always been a bit of mystery to me why he hasn’t featured more often for Ireland. I can’t pretend to be an expert on their national team, and they usually have a decent defensive record (barring the Euro’s) with somewhat forgotten Villa man Richard Dunne usually saving his best form for the boys in green. Add that to the fact that Clark has rarely been used week in and week out prior to this season, and perhaps it makes more sense.
Anyway following his run of games to start the season, Clark has been called up to the Ireland squad after they were hit with a few withdrawals. Giovanni Trapattoni is apparently facing a bit of an injury crisis ahead of two games against Germany and the Faroe Islands, so hopefully Clark gets a chance. I seem to remember him speaking previously about the desire to feature more often for his country, and he might get the chance in the coming weeks.
I do rate the player, but as mentioned previously I’m really interested to see what Lambert might do when Dunne comes back to full fitness. Long term I still see Clark as a central defender, but I wouldn’t be opposed to him playing in defensive midfield against some teams. We’re certainly lacking one, and Clark has the talent to succeed in the role. He can defend, which is kind of a pre-requisite, but is also very comfortable on the ball. Going forward he also pops up with a few goals, and we could certainly do with some more of those. Food for thought anyways.
Well done to Clark, and hopefully he can seize this opportunity, and at the very least impress Trapattoni and co in training.