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Clark tipped to become "first-class" star defender for Villa
Alan McInally and Steve Staunton on Ciaran Clark.
17th Oct 2012
Clark tipped to become "first-class" star defender for Villa


By Paul Brown

Ciaran Clark has been tipped to become a "first-class" star defender for Villa by a former hero who knows all about facing expert centre-halves.

Alan McInally didn't get the reputation 'Rambo' by starring in action films of the 1980s.

He gained the moniker after bruising encounters with some superb stoppers of his day.

McInally has seen enough of Clark to know he can go on to be a real asset in claret and blue over the coming years.

He said: "I'm a massive fan of Ciaran.

"He played in a host of positions in previous campaigns and he had a few injury concerns. Now he's looking comfortable and playing in the right position.

"He's been first-class this season. He's still a young man and I think he's a wonderful footballer who will only get better and better.

"He really excites me. I think he will score goals too. I'd be disappointed if he can't find five or six for the team this season. I think that much of him."

That positive view of Clark is one shared by former defender Steve Staunton.

Staunton has tipped Clark to develop his already-impressive talents with a good run in the team.

He added: "I know Ciaran has played left-back and central midfield but he's always been a centre-back. When you're young and coming up, you sometimes don't play your normal position.

"That's been the case at times with Ciaran. I think he's developing now into a centre-back.

"He and Ron seem to be developing a nice partnership now in the centre of the defence.

"Ron looks a big, strong and quick boy who covers well and is aggressive in the air. I'm led to believe he's got a very hard shot on him too. Things are looking good but it will take time."

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