Arsenal youngster Harry Clarke has won the Player of the Month award at Ross County in his first month away on loan.
The 20-year-old defender is very highly rated at Arsenal. Everyone at the club truly believes he has a bright future ahead of him, and his performances over the last month have been excellent.
Clarke has played just three times for the Staggies so far, twice from the start. He scored in Ross County’s 4-2 defeat against Rangers, before performing brilliantly against Aberdeen just before the international break.
In his 225 minutes on the pitch, the young defender has averaged an impressive 4.3 clearances per game. (SofaScore) He has thoroughly impressed so far and his performances have been recognised by the club.
Player of the Month Harry Clarke
Ross County announced on Twitter yesterday that Clarke has been named their player of the month for August. He’ll surely be delighted with that accolade, but there’s a lot more to come from him in the coming months.
Staggies boss Malky Mackay clearly trusts Clarke. Upon signing him last month, he revealed that he had kept tabs on the young Arsenal man for a long time and claimed that he is ‘a player with talent and ability but more so, he has a tremendous attitude.’ (Not The Old Firm)
There’s still a long way to go this season and it will be interesting to see how he fares. His talent is unquestionable, but if he can perform consistently from now until the end of the campaign, he will give the bosses at Arsenal a nice little headache next summer.
Arsenal will have three high-quality central defenders coming back from their respective loan spells next year. William Saliba is the most notable name on the list, but Daniel Ballard, currently on loan at Milwall, and Clarke are making a fantastic name for themselves as well.
It will be interesting to see if Mikel Arteta considers Clarke for a spot in the first team next term. It really is unlikely, but at a time when Hale End graduates Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are outperforming our superstars, anything is possible.