It, therefore, seems possible that at least one of these players will be sold – and the one Newcastle would miss least is Clark.
The Republic of Ireland international was signed for Newcastle’s Championship campaign – and quickly formed an excellent partnership with Lascelles.
Benitez had been so impressed by Clark that he dropped his captain to fit the 29-year-old into the side.
Last summer Newcastle added Fernandez from Swansea and Benitez moved Dummett into a centre back role – so Clark found game time even more hard to come by and overall, he only made 14 appearances last season. He did, however, pop up with three goals in that time.
Crystal Palace and Bristol City are supposedly interested in signing Clark – and selling him would be wise business from Newcastle because they have more than enough cover for the centre back positions.