Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark may not feature in Trap’s plans for Euro 2012 but former Villa and Denmark captain Martin Laursen rates him very highly and tips him to be a big success next season.
He talked about Clark and of his own Management hopes for the future in an interview with the Aston Villa club website.
Laursen told AVFC.co.uk how he was impressed with Clark’s performances last term, despite the young ace playing a host of roles across the side.
Villa’s former captain believes Clark’s future is at centre-half and challenged the 22-year-old to become a regular at the back.
He said: “I think next season is very important for Ciaran. Now he has some experience and shown everyone has the potential to be a really good player for Villa.
“I didn’t train with him much when I was at Villa but I always heard people around the club talking very highly of him.
“He had been captain of the youth team and then the reserves so that shows the high esteem in which he was held.
“I have seen him quite a few times this season and I have been impressed, even if he played in quite a few positions.
“I think he has a good future. I am sure he will want to cement himself into the centre-half role but it’s good that he can also play in the middle of midfield and at left-back also.
“With the games he got under his belt in the previous season, he will look to push on next season. It will be an important time for him.”
We have not seen the best of Clark yet in an Irish shirt but that will surely follow in the year ahead as Ireland starts a new World Cup qualification campaign.
It is difficult to see how the likes of Clark and Everton’s Seamus Coleman can be denied a place in the Irish side for much longer.
In recent days there has been also been speculation in the Midlands that Laursen would be considered for the Villa management vacancy but the great Dane quickly ended such rumours saying:
‘That (the speculation) is flattering but it (Villa) is too soon for me, I’m afraid.
‘I’m taking my coaching badges in Denmark and coaching at Sollerod to get some experience.
‘It is going well but to manage Villa is too early. In the future, that would be a dream for me.
‘Fans know how much I love Villa, a great club.’
Villa are continuing their hunt for a new manager after holding informal talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Norwich City’s Paul Lambert and Wigan’s Roberto Martinez among the bookmakers favourites
though most Villa fans would prefer former Celtic star, Lambert.