Eddie Clarke: Tranmere’s Missing Piece of the Puzzle

By Josh Roberts

Tranmere’s push for promotion is finally gathering momentum after a less than impressive start to the campaign, four home wins on the bounce has Rovers within touching distance of the play-offs but how has this recent upturn in form come about?

On-loan Olly Bank’s introduction to the middle of midfield has added an extra dimension to the Super White’s in terms of physicality and control, but it’s out on the left side of defence were the missing piece of the puzzle has been found.

The injury to Liam Ridehalgh opened the door for youngster Eddie Clarke to step into the left role and despite only playing five games this season, the stock of the 18-year-old is most certainly rising.

Eddie Clarke vs Macclesfield

Clarke advances down the left flank against Macclesfield

His performances in the Tranmere defence have been above that of a player of his age and experience consistently putting in efforts that have already enamoured him to the Super White Army.

In defence, Clarke has shown he’s willing to put his body on the line for the side with strong tackles and has already established himself as a genuine rival to Ridehalgh for that left back spot.

However, it is in attack were Clarke has impressed the most. In the four games he has played in the National League this season, he has already provided three assists in his last three league matches.

This is mainly down to his ability to get forward with his pace, beat his man and whip in pin point crosses which both James Norwood and Andy Cook have benefited from this season.

His play further up the field has been key to Tranmere’s recent run of form, he plays the game in an effortless manner and that is shown with some of the silky skill moves he has pulled off.

The pressure of playing for Tranmere hasn’t fazed him and he has been a constant danger to oppositions who would likely not know much about the youngster.

But now, having left sides like Maidstone and Torquay in his wake with man-of-the-match performances and being named as one of our three stand out stars, those in the National League are starting to sit up and take notice of what this lad can do.

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