The success of Newcastle United’s brilliant turnaround story of gaining promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking can be attributed to many people.
Manager Rafa Benitez is rightly accorded large parts credit for overhauling the club in major ways, and one of his decisions that seems to have paid off greatly is the signing of Ciaran Clark.
The Magpies arranged for Clark’s transfer From Aston Villa in August last year for a £5 million, which seems to be a bargain provided the huge role that the defender has played this season.
The player’s impact on Newcastle’s performances is clear from the fact that the club won 70% of all games with him playing, compared to just 36% without him.
Clark has put his talent has a defender to good use too, as the Toons have conceded lesser goals with him on the pitch than without him.