Has letting go of Ciaran Clark been Aston Villa's biggest mistake this season?

General view outside St James' Park

Aston Villa allowed Ciaran Clark to join Newcastle United last summer.

Newcastle United's Ciaran Clark reacts

When Ciaran Clark left Aston Villa to join Newcastle United last summer, there was hardly an outpouring of fury from Villa fans about the defender’s exit.

Most claret and blues supporters agreed that Clark’s time at Villa had come to an end, and his departure would have little impact on their upcoming season.

However, the Republic of Ireland international’s form at Newcastle has shown just how valuable he could have been for Steve Bruce’s side this term.

Clark has had a surprisingly big impact at St. James’ Park, and become a key part of Rafael Benitez’s side.

The 27-year-old has looked rock solid whenever called upon by Newcastle, and it is clear to see he is very highly regarded by the North East club by looking at their fans’ opinion of him on Twitter.

Clark will almost certainly be delighted with his decision to move to leave Villa for Newcastle, as it has worked out perfectly for him.

Clark’s Newcastle side are on the verge of a promotion back to the Premier League, meaning he should be back playing top flight football again next campaign.

Villa, meanwhile, are destined to finish in mid-table and may look back with regret that they decided to allow Clark to depart now.

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