Max is a player we should all support. He is our player and he has come through our Academy. There is a lot of gossip about who we might sign as a new left back – that isn’t good for Max to hear. He will play again on Saturday and the next matches.
The 21-year-old made his senior Tigers debut last weekend, producing an impressive display in the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa, and he is set to feature again this Saturday against Burton Albion.
And despite plenty of speculation about potential new additions to the squad before the end of the month, particularly at left back, Slutsky is happy to put his faith in Clark as he continues to build his squad.
“Max had a very serious exam last weekend against Aston Villa,” said Slutsky.
“Villa played a lot of balls towards him and he had a big battle with Elmohamady. He won some challenges and he didn’t win others, but it was about 50-50 and that is normal especially for a first match.
“I really believe in our young players like Lenihan and Clark – I believe that they really can play in the starting eleven.
“When people ask me about a lot of young players in the starting eleven – Clark, Aina, Bowen – for me it isn’t a problem. I don’t look at the age on the passport – I only see the quality and work on the football pitch.
“Max is a player we should all support. He is our player and he has come through our Academy. There is a lot of gossip about who we might sign as a new left back – that isn’t good for Max to hear. He will play again on Saturday and the next matches.
“For me, he has a big chance to become a player in the normal starting eleven.”
Asked more specifically about what he likes about Clark as a player, Slutsky added: “He has good technique and a very good right foot for a left-footed player.
“He’s good in the aerial challenges, his tactical positioning is good and he has good discipline when playing to a game plan.
“Max has only one weakness and that is experience â€“ but of course that is normal for all young players.”