Leon Clarke

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  1. steve82

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    This ones causing some debate and mixed responses so thought I’d give it its own thread so not to clog up the other threads.

    I’ve suggested on the other’s (January window - McNulty ) that Leon Clarke could be a tempting loan and possibly become available this month given Sheff Utd have completed the signing Gary Madine today on loan from Cardiff.
    They now have Billy Sharpe, David McGoldrick, Gary Madine, Connor Washington on the books with Leon Clarke too.

    I’m not always a fan of returning players but this one is different to what we have, has benefits bringing experience, goals, a focal point and able to link up play.... should we still make the necessary improvements in midfield to offer balance and service obviously.

    Did his transfer request to push through a move to wolves leave a bad taste, he’s the ideal loan this January or is he simply not for you and prefer another option or no strikers required.

    Im interested in what the thoughts are of a loan, should we be interested and ask the question?


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    Looking purely on game time, I would think Connor Washington is the most likely to be sent out on loan.

    Washington 4 starts 9 subs 0 goals 1 assist
    Clarke 12 starts 13 subs 3 goals 3 assists.

    I'm not sure on Clarke. He threw his mardy refusing to play to force through the wolves transfer which I'm not sure I can forgive.

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    Im waiting on the carl Baker thread
     
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    Robins fucked us off as well. I would have Clarke back in a heartbeat
     
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    I'd much prefer David McGoldrick, but I doubt we could afford him or he would want to step down a level.
     
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    Clarke is the best striker we've had in the last 15 years.

    He is severely underrated because Wilson was golden boy and how he left us in such a bad way.
     
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    Whilst I don't doubt he was one of our best, surely Marlon King would be the best we've had in 15 years, I'd also say McGoldrick was better at the time. Although I will say Leon Clarke's record for us was phenomenal.

    Talent-wise I always loved Leon Best. He wouldn't run round like a headless chicken but there was talent there

    If there was a choice between Clarke or McNulty. It would be Clarke everytime
     
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    Yeah, Marlon is definitely a shout. Brilliant player.

    Leon was the perfect League 1 striker.
     
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    Clarke's wages would be out of our range

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    I would say that McGoldrick and Armstrong were better players than Clarke. I think King was the better all round player and played for us at a higher level. That said, I would sooner have had Jutkiewiez than King as he was far more of a team player and his attitude was spot on despite not being a prolific goal scorer.
     
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    It’s probably not a runner, but I would have Clarke back, he’s proven at this level, would score goals and bring on players around him.
     
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    Let’s ‘nice’ our way up the table.
     
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    Blimey were you on the sauce when you wrote this?
     
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    See I loved Jutkiewicz aswell, but King was just a classy night player.

    With regards to Armstrong, he was a poor mans (very poor mans) Michael Owen. He was a lethal poacher. Clarke was a better all round player
     
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    Yes I can see your thinking on that and did see his limited game time, however with the types of players they are I’d guess at McGoldrick and Sharpe are keeping his game time quiet as both are scoring.

    With the arrival of Madine I’d have that putting Clarke down the order now.


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    That’s where a loan covering a agreed percentage both clubs are happy with and what Sheff Utd’s plans are with him long term come into it on what’s achievable.

    We like them will need to meet FFP rules.


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    I'd have him back, can't see it happening though. If he leaves Sheff Utd I can't see him going out of the Championship unless a top end L1 club with money throws it at him.
     
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    The word classy and King definately dont go together.
    Is he still banged up or back out playing some where ?
     
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    I agree, but i was suggesting that looking at the game time, that would probably leave Clarke as 4th choice and Washington as 5th. I'd Think if any Washington would be the one to go out on loan. They won't get rid if both and leave themselves short.


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    Think he is retired now isnt he? Got sent down again but will be back out now

     
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    would love clarke back,cant see it though
     
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    Since relegation from the championship mcgoldrick was by far our best striker. Played as a lone striker scored at a rate of 2 in 3 and scored all kinds of goals, tap ins, long rangers, 1-1s. Then seamlessly stepped up to the championship averaging around 1 in 2.

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    Leon would be brilliant for us and tear up this division.

    Two things-his injury record is pretty appalling and he ain’t getting any younger.

    He is the sort of player that needs a manager to put an arm around his shoulder and encourage him-is Robins honestly this type?


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    Like comparing Willis to Bobby Moore!

    Armstrong is a very good player and far too good for League one (even at 18/19!).

    I think he’s found his level with Blackburn though.



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    I think clark would be a fantastic loan for us and make the difference but I just cant see it happening.
    As much as hate Shef Utd for the behaviour of their fans what a position to be in with a squad of strikers of Clarke, McGoldrick, Sharpe and Madine
     
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    I went to watch us 'play' Sheff Utd a couple of seasons ago, we had Lameiras firing blanks they brought Clarke on and he looked pure quality
     
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    Was that just after Lameiras had been snapped or a different one? Back then we probably had Tudgay leading our line.
     
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    I was at the game and that tackle was right in front of my dad and me. One of the worst tackles Ive seen and the ref that day was disgusting not to mention their team
     
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    I think people are forgetting how good David McGoldrick was for us in that first season in league one. Scored some screamers, team goals, chips. One of my favourite all time cov goals was when he lobbed the keeper away at Stevenage. A sensational finish to round off a huge 3-1 win to put us right in the promotion mix. Such a shame he left
     
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    Lamieras probably had his best game for us that day as well.
     
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    Not saying him as a person is classy, but just because he’s a nob, doesn’t mean hea wasn’t a class player
     
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    I’ll forgive and forget if he bangs in a few goals. I’m sure he supported Wolves too and in his position, I’d do what I could to get a move to Cov!

    I’m doubtful we’ll be in a position to sign him in any capacity either way.
     
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    For me, it’s a toss up between Callum Wilson and McGoldrick. I’d edge toward Wilson, especially because I wrote him off the season before his breakthrough.
     
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    Clarke was quality. Wilson and Clarke were fantastic together. Clarke as the target man still got loads of goals as well as setting Wilson up for loads too. I fear he's too old now as he's 34 soon and always a bit prone to the odd injury, its not a good mix.
     
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