April 24, 2024

Ipswich Town made an excellent decision by signing this player.
Ipswich Town continue to defy expectations by remaining in the Championship automatic promotion race, with the Tractor Boys behind just Daniel Farke’s Leeds United by one point after losing in dramatic circumstances to Cardiff City in their most recent meeting.

The Suffolk-based team would concede two goals in stoppage time at the end of the 90 minutes, resulting in a gut-punch of a final scoreline for Kieran McKenna’s men of 2-1 in favour of the Bluebirds.

Losing in the manner that they did would have been obviously heartbreaking, but McKenna would have been pleased in some way to see Harry Clarke leave the game with no bruises or cuts after being sidelined due to injury in the games preceding his return to the side for the collapse in the Welsh capital.

Losing in the manner that they did would have been obviously heartbreaking, but McKenna would have been pleased in some way to see Harry Clarke leave the game with no bruises or cuts after being sidelined due to injury in the games preceding his return to the side for the collapse in the Welsh capital.

Harry Clarke’s transfer value at Ipswich Town

Clarke’s absence was clear to Ipswich fans when they met Bristol City earlier this month, with Axel Tuanzebe struggling at right-back in place of the injured 23-year-old.

Tuanzebe would win only four of his nine games against the Robins before being replaced by McKenna, the ex-Manchester United assistant manager turned Tractor Boys manager frustrated that he couldn’t select a dependable figure like Clarke above the below-par Ipswich number 40.

Ipswich has often benefited from Clarke’s start this season, with the Tractor Boys number two averaging four ball recoveries per game from 30 outings, as well as a tireless and energetic presence at the back and forward.

Clarke, who was described by his manager as having a “fantastic” attitude when he first signed, is now valued at €6 million (£5 million) by Football Transfers, which puts him ahead of his full-back partner on the left-hand side, Leif Davis, who is valued at €5.2 million (£4.4 million), and, rather astonishingly, the rest of his Suffolk teammates.

Harry Clarke’s value at Ipswich Town compared to the squad

Ipswich Town: Harry Clarke on Portman Road debut in 4-0 Morecambe win |  East Anglian Daily Times

 

Davis’ 17 assists in the Championship this season place him as the third most valued asset at Portman Road, behind Clarke at the top of the list.

George Hirst comes in just below Clarke at €5.6 million (£4.7 million), despite his own recent fitness woes; the former Leicester City man scored six goals in 23 second-tier outings while fit earlier in the season.

McKenna and Co will hope Clarke’s return to the first team coincides with Ipswich’s renewed focus on automatic promotion, having won their past six Championship games before losing away to Cardiff at the death.

Clarke will be grateful that he has found a home to call his own in Portman Road, away from all the buzz about promotion, after departing the Gunners in 2022, with the Tractor Boys potentially having to fend off away clubs attempting to sign their 23-year-old defender soon.

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