Profit Players: Matt Clarke was signed by Portsmouth for free and sold for millions

Profit Players: Matt Clarke was signed by Portsmouth for free and sold for millions

This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.

Portsmouth kept their second League One clean sheet of the season during the 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, as per Transfermarkt.

However, Kenny Jackett is still struggling to settle his back four, especially after Oli Watkins picked up an injury in the Carabao Cup loss against Southampton, as reported by Portsmouth’s official website.

This is also, in part, due to the departure of Matt Clarke in the summer, though the initial deal that brought him to Portsmouth has seen the club much better off than they will have been if the centre-back had never been signed.

The defender was brought in on a free transfer from Ipswich Town in 2016, following a loan spell, after coming through the Tractor Boys’ academy.

He then became an integral part of Pompey’s side, playing 175 games over 4 campaigns, helping the club get promoted from League Two, while he also played a part in the EFL Trophy victory last season.

Having made his impact at Fratton Park, the 23-year-old defender was sold to Brighton & Hove Albion during the summer for a fee of £3.51m, as per Transfermarkt, before being loaned out to Derby County.

The former Pompey man has made the step up to the Championship well, starting six league games, averaging 0.8 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 4.3 clearances and 1.5 blocks per game, as per WhoScored.

Portsmouth fans, how fondly will you remember Clarke? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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