Fans react to performance by Newcastle United's Ciaran Clark for Ireland

Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark (r) reacts as Jamaal Lascelles looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20,...

The Newcastle United man appeared to struggle on international duty.

Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark (r) reacts as Jamaal Lascelles looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20,...

Some Republic of Ireland fans on Twitter are ripping into Newcastle United centre-back Ciaran Clark on Twitter.

The Newcastle defender started and finished last night's 4-1 mauling by Wales, in which Martin O'Neill's side were 3-0 down within 37 minutes.

It wasn't a great night for any visiting player, but it looked particularly difficult for Clark, who was somewhat guilty for allowing Gareth Bale to cut inside on to his wand of a left foot to rifle home the hosts' second of the evening.

And here is how some Irish fans are reacting to his all-around performance:

 

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez spent £5 million [Sky Sports] on Clark in the summer of 2016, but the Spanish manager clearly doesn't rate him any longer.

Benitez signed not one, but two centre-halves in the summer, and the former Aston Villa star is fifth-choice central defender, if everybody is fit.

Clark is behind Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Florian Lejeune - presently injured - in the pecking order.

He was given a chance by Benitez in the 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup last month, but let the opportunity pass him by - as many of the Magpies did that night - but you wonder if a January exit could on the cards, unless a drastic upturn in fortunes comes about.

Newcastle captain Ciaran Clark (left of goalkeeper) heads in Newcastle's first goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United at The Hawthorns on...

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