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“He may have to bide his time” – would ace linked with Leeds break into the starting XI? Opinion

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Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke is a target for Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United when the transfer window re-opens in the summer it has been reported.

Since his debut for Pompey in 2015, Clarke has appeared over 150 times for the Fratton Park side, with his performances attracting interest from The Championship.

According to The Times, one of those sides targeting Clarke is Leeds, with Portsmouth club officials expecting him to feature in the Championship next season, even if Pompey do not.

So would Clarke, who has started every League game for Portsmouth this season, get close to Leeds’ starting lineup if he moved to Elland Road? We asked some of our writers for their thoughts.

Jay Taylor

“On their current form, no.

“But he would be a pretty decent squad player to call upon when needed.

“Cup games would be his best chance to impress and with injuries/suspensions mount up.

“I see this being a good, solid deal, and one that could have fleeting first-team opportunities.”

Toby Wilding

“It is hard to see anything but injuries or suspension breaking Leeds current centre back partnership of Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper at the minute.

“If that were to happen after Clarke’s arrival, however, you would back him to take his chance, and at just 22 years old, he still has plenty of time to stake his claim for that place.”

Chris Gallagher

“Probably not right now.

“Pontus Jansson has been superb this season alongside skipper Liam Cooper and it’s the latter who would be under threat if Clarke arrived as he plays on the left side.

“Right now you wouldn’t drop Cooper but the Portsmouth man would be third choice and could push both players all the way.”

George Harbey

“It will be hard for him to make an impact straight away.

“Jansson and Cooper are arguably the best defensive duo in the division, and Berardi is another good back-up option.

“Clarke may have to bide his time.”


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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