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‘He’s the type of signing they need’ – Stoke City eyeing 22-year-old transfer: Opinion

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Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke is reportedly a target for Championship side Stoke, following a standout season at Fratton Park.

Clarke has been a near ever present feature for Pompey this season, with his impressive performances reportedly attracting interest from the Championship.

According to The Times, Stoke are set to rival Leeds for the 22-year-old’s signature when the transfer window reopens in the summer, with those at Fratton Park expecting him to leave the club if Pompey fail to reach the Championship next season.

So would Clarke be a good signing for Stoke? We asked some of our writers for their thoughts.

Chris Gallagher

“Yes, he’s the type of signing they need.

“The squad needs a major overhaul with younger, hungry players brought in who are desperate to prove themselves in the game.

“Clarke falls into that category and would be a good addition to the group.”

Jay Taylor

“Stoke have a tonne of players and an overhaul is needed.

“He is precisely the type of player that Nathan Jones should be looking at.

“But with others in the market for him, I am unsure if he will ever be in red and white of the Potters at the bet365 Stadium.”

George Harbey

“He’d be a class signing for the Potters.

“He has become one of the best defenders in League One and has been hugely impressive over the last few years.

“Nathan Jones will obviously know him well after his battles with Portsmouth whilst being manager of Luton, so he will know how to get the best out of him.”

Toby Wilding

“Clarke would be a good signing for Stoke.

“It has been a disappointing first season back in The Championship for the Potters, so a reboot is needed in the summer is needed if only to build the mood at The bet365, given his performances for Pompey, Clarke would certainly do just that.”


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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