Mitchell Clark has agreed to join Leicester City on a three-year deal following his release by Aston Villa earlier this summer – and Villa fans reckon their club has made a mistake.
Leicester confirmed on their official website that the 20-year-old Wales youth international had agreed a deal that sees him join Brendan Rodgers’ side until the summer of 2022. He spent last season on loan at Port Vale.
While with the Staffordshire-based club, the Villa academy product clocked up 45 appearances in all competitions for Vale. His most impressive attribute was his versatility, playing left-back, right-back, right wing and left wing.
Naturally a right-back, Clark is able to play in a multitude of positions and his hard-working nature makes him a talent with plenty of promise. It comes as a surprise, then, that Villa opted not to keep Clark earlier this summer.
Welcome to #lcfc, Mitchell! 👋
— Leicester City (@LCFC) July 29, 2019
Leicester do have options on the right side of defence, but Danny Simpson has left the club following the end of his contract. Villa brought in Frederic Guilbert in January, with the play linking up with the squad this summer.
Aston Villa fans reacted to the news that Clark had joined Leicester following his release earlier this summer, and many believe the move to offload Clark was a baffling decision that could come back to haunt Dean Smith’s side.
Good enough for them, recent Premier League winners and an established Premier League side, but not good enough for Villa? Joke. Good luck @mitchellclark99
— Dec (@KingsyAVFC) July 29, 2019
Thought it was daft of us to let him go in the first place
— El (@elyshalou) July 29, 2019
Got a feeling this is going to come back and bite us I was amazed we didn’t give him another year and loan him out to a championship club for the season.
— Garin Williams (@GarinWilliams) July 29, 2019
Said this when he was released tbf.
Rave reviews out on loan then we release. Never like letting kids go until the last possible minute
— Matthew Deeming (@avfcmd81) July 29, 2019
Never understood why we released him.. Always looked like a decent player
— 🦁💜 (@RHUTV170) July 29, 2019
No way we should have let him go !
— Matt jacques (@Mattjacques2) July 29, 2019
A really strange one, that.
— Pearson (@pearsontombo) July 29, 2019