Villa defender Clark hailed by legends McInally, Staunton

Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has won big praise from two former Villans.

Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has won big praise from two former Villans.

Alan 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."

And Steve Staunton also remarked: "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."

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