Former manager Steve Bruce’s decision to let Academy graduate Mitch Clark head out on a season-long loan spell to League Two side Port Vale certainly caused a stir.
The highly rated 19-year-old had previously made his debut for Villa back in the 2017/18 EFL Cup victory over Wigan Athletic, but that was his only professional senior appearance so I’m still on the side of the fact that it was the right decision at the time to get him a good chunk of game time.
He’s certainly got that having made 19 appearances for Neil Aspin’s side, and he’s won over their fans with his effort and commitment and come in for plenty of praise on the back of it.
The curiosity was however, Clark would likely have got games with us owing to the shambolic state our defence was allowed to get into.
With the arrival of head coach Dean Smith, Clark hasn’t been far from the lips of many fans when it came to a recall and Aspin has now admitted that his form does leave them with a worry that we will do just that. Even if only to loan him out again at League One level to see how he copes with that step.
“You could be asking me the same thing up until the last week of January. If a club from a higher league comes in for him and the lad wanted to go, and his agent was pushing for him to go, then there would be little we could do. All I will say is that he has enjoyed it while he has been here.”
Bring him back and give him a shot by all means, but otherwise, leave him at Vale to build on this and make it his breakthrough season.
Source – Stoke Sentinel.