Rafael Benitez must keep Ciaran Clark at Newcastle United now

Newcastle player Ciaran Clark in action as referee Lee Probert looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on September 15, 2018 in...

Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark has been in impressive form at St. James' Park of late.

Rafael Benítez the head coach

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez was already changing his mind over Ciaran Clark, and his performance against Chelsea surely convinced him that keeping the defender at St. James’ Park was the right move.

The Chronicle reported in November that Newcastle were thinking of selling Clark in the January transfer window.

 

However, the most recent update on Clark’s future in the same paper had suggested Benitez had been thinking about keeping the centre-back.

The Spanish boss had been impressed by Clark’s work in recent months, and the defender impressed again for Newcastle in their latest match.

Newcastle player Ciaran Clark in action as referee Lee Probert looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on September 15, 2018 in...

Clark scored Newcastle’s goal at Stamford Bridge, and he generally looked very solid against one of the Premier League’s most dangerous attacks.

The 29-year-old has managed to force his way into Benitez’s first-team thinking of late.

And Benitez will now surely fend off all offers for Clark in January, as keeping him around looks to be the best option.

Ciaran Clark of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham...

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