Benitez 'He Gives Us Balance'

Last updated : 05 October 2016 By Footy Mad - Editor

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has suggested to The Shields Gazette that he has been impressed with the performance of Ciaran Clark so far this season.

Clark joined Newcastle from Championship rivals Aston Villa in the summer transfer window.

According to BBC Sport, the Magpies had to pay the Villans a transfer fee of £5.1 million in order to secure the services of the 27-year-old defender.

Benitez has spoken highly of the Republic of Ireland international, who can also play as a midfielder.

When asked about Clark’s performance against Rotherham, Benitez told The Shields Gazette: “He’s a player with experience.

“And also, because he’s left-footed, he can give us a little balance by playing balls out from the back with his left foot.

“When we brought him here, we knew that he had experience of the Premier League, and so we knew we were signing a good player. He is showing that every week.”