MOT View: Clarke destined to not play another minute for Leeds, Jan exit surely nailed on
Jack Clarke made the bench again on Saturday for Leeds but he hasn’t made it onto the pitch in the league once since his return from Tottenham on loan, and we can’t see any sort of future for him at Elland Road.
Leeds United fans were delighted when Leeds announced Clarke would be coming back on loan following his summer sale to Spurs for £10m.
However, it hasn’t worked out for him at all.
Marcelo Bielsa was the manager who gave him his big break last season, and he played in 13 consecutive Championship games before he was struck down with a virus.
That kept him out for six games and he has never rediscovered the form that not only thrilled Leeds fans, but convinced Mauricio Pochettino that he had a future at Tottenham in the Premier League.
It’s looking like great business for Leeds now but that’s a very mercenary way to look at an 18-year-old who is obviously struggling.
He’s proof that the life of a young footballer can contain the most unimaginable highs and lows, throwing a huge amount of pressure onto youngsters.
He obviously has talent but Bielsa can’t seem to unlock it at the moment and we can’t see that changing.
Bielsa doesn’t change his team much and when he’s decided that a player doesn’t work, he rarely changes his mind.
Izzy Brown arrived with fanfare last season but hardly featured when he recovered from injury, even with Leeds struggling at the end of the season.
Leeds have been struggling for goals and creativity this season – a scenario seemingly tailor-made for a player like Clarke – but he hasn’t had a sniff of action in the Championship and we’d be gobsmacked now if he wasn’t recalled by Tottenham in January.
Another loan spell, possibly at a lower level, is what Clarke needs now to rebuild his shattered confidence.
It’s a real shame and even though his future doesn’t lie at Elland Road we wish him all the best and hope that he can become the player we all know he’s capable of.
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