Fact files: Adam Webster and Matt Clarke

Adam Webster is poised to move to Championship Ipswich as he brings to an end his stay at Fratton Park.

Friday, 20th May 2016, 1:27 pm
Updated Friday, 20th May 2016, 2:30 pm
Adam Webster celebrates scoring against Cambridge United Picture: Joe Pepler

The 19-year-old will move to Portman Road once personal terms have been agreed, with Pompey picking up a fee of £500,000 for the defender plus Matt Clarke.

Clarke spent this season on loan from the Tractor Boys and is a player Paul Cook clearly likes.

Aran Agrawal takes a look at both players’ careers to date as they prepare to swap clubs.

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Matt Clarke will make his loan stay at Fratton Park permanent

Adam Webster

At a glance

Full name: Adam Harry Webster

Date of Birth: 4 January 1995 (age 21)

Matt Clarke will make his loan stay at Fratton Park permanent

From: West Wittering, Chichester,

Height: 6ft 3in

Position: Centre-back

Strong foot: Right

Road to Pompey

Webster signed for Pompey at the age of 12 after rejections from Chelsea, Southampton and even Pompey before he was 10.

In 2011 he signed an academy scholarship at Fratton Park, having successfully come through the ranks at the club.

Early career

He was first given a chance in the first team under Michael Appleton when, at the age of 17, he came on in the place of Greg Halford in a 1-0 Championship defeat to West Ham.

Webster went on to make two further appearances for the club in the 2011-2012 season.

England Youth

The same week he made his Blues debut, Webster was called up to the England under-17s for a friendly tournament in Portugal but was an unused substitute throughout.

He made his international debut in a 2-0 victory over Italy at under-18 level.

The defender went on to make six appearances for the under-19s but has not received any international call-up since 2013.

Aldershot Town

The following season Webster was given more first-team opportunities, making 21 appearances in the 2012-2013 campaign.

However, he was loaned out to Aldershot Town in August 2013.

He made 21 appearances for the Shots before returning to Fratton Park for the start of the 2014-2015 season.

Breakthrough season

After returning from Aldershot, Webster struggled to nail down a starting place in the team.

He looked to be on his way out of the club before being given a chance by caretaker boss Gary Waddock.

In the final four games of the 2014-15 season, Webster impressed playing in his preferred position of central defence.

This encouraged the Blues to hand the youngster a two-year deal heading into the 2015-2016 season.

This season Webster has been in rich form, enjoying his finest run of games with the Blues to date.

Finally establishing a starting place at centre-back, the 21 year old impressed under the management of Paul Cook.

This season he scored twice and had a huge helping hand in Pompey’s push for promotion.

Matt Clarke

At a glance

Full name: Matthew Edward Barkell Clarke

Date of Birth: 22 September 1996 (age 19)

Place of birth: Barham, Suffolk

Height: 6ft 2in

Position: Centre-back

Strong foot: Left

Ipswich Town

Clarke came through the youth system at Ipswich Town, making his senior debut on August 12, 2014, against Crawley Town.

After impressing manager Mick McCarthy, he signed a professional contract with the club, tying him to Portman Road for two years.

Before being loaned to Pompey, Clarke appeared in five games for the Tractor Boys.

Road to Pompey

Wanting first-team action, moved to Pompey in the summer of 2015.

He initially signed on loan until January 2016, hoping for game time with the Blues.

Breakthrough season

Clarke’s first goal for Pompey came in the 3-0 demolition of Crawley Town, converting a Ben Davies corner with a near-post header.

With his loan deal set to expire in January, the Blues offered Clarke an extension after the youngster impressed in 21 apps for the club.

He signed until the end of the season and went on to make 33 appearances for Pompey in total.

Paul Cook said: ‘He (Matt) is everything you want in a lad, an absolute diamond of a boy.’