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.
Still wouldnt be ahead of Clark mind. He's my player of the season. #NUFC— Jack (@jackm1892) April 20, 2017
How did Lascelles make the team of the year by the way?? Daylight robbery from Clark in my opinion @NUFC— Sean Goody (@seangoody97) April 20, 2017
I might be biased but how Clark and Ritchie missed out on team of the year has got me stumped? #NUFC— Nick Cahill (@nickcahill9) April 20, 2017
Who would of thought Ciaran Clark would be our most important player this season. Been all over the place since his injury. #nufc— aidan finn (@afinn19) April 17, 2017
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.