By Craig Scott

12th Dec, 2019 | 10:00pm

MOT View: Hopefully Leeds player doesn't come back to haunt club based on Jan transfer report

If there is one team from the chasing pack that can catch up with Leeds United and West Brom, it’s Fulham.

As it stands, the Yorkshire giants and their West Midlands title rivals are running away from the rest of the pack and sit 11 points clear of third-placed Fulham.

However there is still plenty of time to go before the season ends – and that means there is plenty of time for things to go wrong.

Automatic promotion to the Premier League is by no means a dead-cert and Fulham are bound to be a team who will go big in the January transfer window in order to close down the gap between themselves, Leeds and West Brom.

And it seems as though the Cottagers have already made plans for a January swoop to sign Jack Clarke, with Football Insider reporting that the London club is ready to make a move to sign the 19-year-old.

Clarke left Elland Road to join Tottenham on a permanent basis in the summer but instantly returned to Yorkshire on a season-long loan.

However it is understood that Spurs could cancel that loan agreement next month due to Clarke’s severe lack of game-time this season.

The York-born attacker was a regular for Marcelo Bielsa last season but has only managed three appearances in all competitions this term – with only one of them coming in the Championship.

It is understandable that Tottenham would want Clarke back so they can either nurture him in their Under-23s or send him out on loan to a club that’ll give him game-time.

And it seems Fulham want to be that club.

We all want to see Clarke do well, but we do not want to see him do well at Fulham otherwise he could come back to haunt Leeds in the second half of the campaign.

There’s still a lot of matches left to play this season and nobody can rule out a late Fulham resurgence and – admittedly – a Leeds collapse.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay claims that one fixture next month could see the Whites pocket a seven-figure fee.