Craig Ramage compares Derby County loanee Matt Clarke to Mark Wright

Matt Clarke of Portsmouth tries to tackle Simon Dawkins of Derby County during the Capital One Cup First Round match between Portsmouth v Derby County at Fratton Park on August 12, 2015 in...

The Rams have brought the talented defender on loan to Pride Park this season.

Adama Diakhaby of Huddersfield Town shoots while Matthew Clarke of Derby County slides during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Derby County at John Smith's...

Derby County ex-player Craig Ramage has spoken highly of Rams loanee Matt Clarke, comparing his style of play to that of Derby legend Mark Wright, as written in the Derby Telegraph.

Clarke linked up with the Rams earlier this month on a loan deal from Brighton & Hove Albion, not long after having joined the Premier League side permanently from fellow south coast outfit Portsmouth.

The 22-year-old, who was a fan favourite at Fratton Park, has hit the ground running at Pride Park with his dominant, assured and mature displays at the back, Phillip Cocu's charges shipping just one goal in the three league and cup games played so far.

 

Ramage deemed Clarke a "shrewd" signing and said he reminded him of Wright, who played for the Rams between 1987 and 1991, making close to 150 appearances for the Baseball Ground side and also winning 45 caps for England.

"Clarke reminds me a little bit of Mark Wright," Ramage wrote in the Derby Telegraph. "He looks dominant, assured in what he does and comfortable on his left side, which is important because it provides natural balance.

English League Division One match at White Hart Lane. Tottenham Hotspur 0 v Derby County 0. Mark Wright under pressure, 1st March 1988.

"It means he is a centre-back whose first thought or concern is not about trying to get the ball on his stronger right foot, he does not have to think about adjusting his body. I think that is massive, it makes a big difference."

Clarke had joined the Seagulls in June, their first signing since head coach Graham Potter took charge, having featured 175 times over four seasons at Portsmouth.

Last season, he played in all but one EFL Trophy fixture for Portsmouth, totalling 60 games, and as well as being Man of the Match in the final of that competition, he started every League One game as well as both play off semi-final clashes against Sunderland (official Derby website).

Matt Clarke of Portsmouth tries to tackle Simon Dawkins of Derby County during the Capital One Cup First Round match between Portsmouth v Derby County at Fratton Park on August 12, 2015 in...

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