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‘He should go straight in’ – Stoke eyeing 22-year-old: Would he get in XI? Opinion

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Stoke City are reportedly set to target Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke for a move to the bet365 Stadium when the transfer window opens again in the summer.

The defender, who helped Pompey to victory in the Checkatrade Trophy final on Sunday, is valued at £4million by the Fratton Park club.

According to The Times, Stoke, along with Leeds, are considering a move for the centre back in the summer, with Portsmouth officials expecting the defender to play in the Championship next season, even if Pompey are not.

So would Clarke, who has started every league game for Portsmouth this season, get the same opportunities at Stoke? We asked our writers for there thoughts.

George Harbey

“He should go straight in, next to Danny Batth.

“I don’t think Jones would sign him just to use him as back-up – he’ll know what a good player he is having played against him whilst managing Luton.

“His next move needs to ensure that he receives regular game-time.”

Toby Wilding

“You feel that Clarke would get more chances to feature if he joins Stoke over Leeds.

“There is a much clearer need for a fresh set of option at Stoke, particularly at centre back, and while Stoke are almost certain to be playing Championship football next season, Leeds may think twice about taking a chance who has had very little Championship experience should they get promoted to the Premier League.”

Chris Gallagher

“Having kept five clean sheets in a row, you’d have to say not right now!

“Nathan Jones has built from the back since taking over and even though scoring goals is a major problem they are hard to beat.

“However, there’s sure to be changes in the summer and long-term I think a partnership of Danny Batth and Clarke would work well.”


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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