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A closer look as Blackburn eye former Championship defender: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is looking to further strengthen his squad following an opening day defeat to newly promoted Charlton Athletic, with Vitesse full-back Max Clark a target, according to Sun journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

Clark, 23, is a product of the Hull City youth set-up who spent four years at the KCOM before eventually moving to Vitesse in the summer of 2018, having rejected a new deal at The Tigers.

So would Clark be a good signing for Rovers? Do they need him?

We discuss……..

Sam Rourke

“It looks like an average but useful signing for me.

“Clark has hardly pulled up trees in the English Football League and I’m uncertain whether he has the attributes to adapt to the rigours and demands of the Championship.

“Still, Mowbray could be the perfect man to revitalise his career after working wonders with that Rovers side in recent seasons.

“The 23-year-old has become a regular fixture in the Vitesse side which is a positive and at the age of 23, he does have to room to develop and mature as a footballer.”

Ned Holmes

“This could be an interesting addition to Tony Mowbray’s squad.

“Clark never really got doing during his previous spell in the Championship but his move to Vitesse appears to have done wonders for him.

“He was a mainstay in the Vitesse side in the second half of last season, contributing one goal and four assists, and helping his side to a fifth-place finish.

“At 23, he is a player who will surely only get better and this could be one that pays dividends for Rovers in the future.”

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Kealan Hughes

“This would be a risky signing and it is a surprising one if he joins Blackburn considering he hasn’t really impressed so far in his career.

“He did okay in a spell at Hull but nothing to suggest he was a must-have Championship player, and given the strength in depth Rovers have at left-back, it’s difficult to understand why they are trying to add another.

“Clark wouldn’t be an upgrade on Amari’i Bell or Derrick Williams, although he may be a better option defensively, which is why Tony Mowbray may be a fan of his.

“Rovers should probably address other areas of the pitch as a priority, including signing another creative midfielder to take some responsibility away from Bradley Dack, and provide Sam Gallagher with more chances.”

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