As well as losing 4-0 to Arsenal on Sunday, Newcastle also lost a player.

Ciaran Clark hobbled off in the second half, and reportedly left the ground on crutches.

While there has been no confirmation, it seems all but certain that he’ll miss this weekend’s trip to Crystal Palace.

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Despite having the opportunity to change to a back four, Steve Bruce will likely continue with five in defence.

That means a defender needs to come into the starting XI, but should it be Florian Lejeune or Fabian Schar? For me, it should be the former.


While he has struggled to regain his form since returning from injury, Lejeune is much more suited to the hole that Clark leaves in the team.

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Clark has been the left-sided centre back, a role that Lejeune excelled in last season. If Schar were to play, Bruce would likely have to reshuffle his entire back-line, or force the Swiss international to play in an unfamiliar role.

In contrast, Lejeune is tailor-made for the position. And his return could actually give us a boost.

The French defender has proven he’s good enough to thrive in the Premier League, and he also gives us a little bit extra quality in possession. That’s something we’ve missed in recent weeks.

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While Schar can bring even more quality on the ball, Lejeune is the more reliable defender of the two.

And after the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, it’s fair to say the £8.8million man is a bit of a goal machine…

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