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Matt Clarke as a £750k makeweight now looks a massive error from Ipswich Town

Portsmouth look like they are on their way back to the Championship. Kenny Jackett’s side are currently top of League One, six points ahead of nearest rivals Luton Town.

Meanwhile, in the Championship, Ipswich Town might be about to swap places. The Tractor Boys have had a torrid start to the season. The Suffolk side currently sit rock bottom of the table, eight points adrift of safety after just one win in their opening 21 games.

The apparent power shift between the two sides will no doubt make the fans at Portman Road very angry about Matt Clarke.

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 30: Lewis Grabban of Bournemouth and Matthew Clarke of Portsmouth compete for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Portsmouth and AFC Bournemouth at Fratton Park on January 30, 2016 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The centre-back is the lynchpin of the Pompey side and has been linked with big moves in recent times. In the summer, Jackett informed the press only an ‘astronomical offer’ would see him leave Fratton Park.

But Ipswich, under Mick McCarthy, just let him go.

Ipswich used him as a makeweight in a £750,000 deal to sign Adam Webster in 2016. Ipswich sold Webster, who was a hit at Portman Road, in the summer to Bristol City and are now battling the drop from the Championship.

Meanwhile, Clarke is looking like a ball-playing centre-back with a future at the highest end of the English game. Using him to push the deal through now looks a big mistake.

This might have been McCarthy’s biggest Ipswich error.

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