Exclusive: Bielsa tells Tottenham not to recall Clarke, has big plans for young attacker
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa does not want Jack Clarke to leave the club in January and has told Tottenham that he has a big role to play this season, MOT Leeds News can reveal.
The attacker was sold to Tottenham in the summer but loaned straight back to Leeds for the season.
However, he hasn’t played a single minute of Championship football yet and was dropped from the squad entirely for six games.
Clarke has been on the bench for the last eight games but is yet to be used by Bielsa in the league, with his only minutes this season coming in the EFL Cup.
Despite his lack of game time, a Leeds source has told MOT Leeds News that Bielsa does not want the 18-year-old to leave in January and is confident that Clarke will have a big role to play in the second half of the season.
Bielsa had made that clear to Mauricio Pochettino, but he has since been sacked by Tottenham, with Jose Mourinho taking charge earlier this week.
It is not known if Mourinho’s arrival will change anything with the loan.
Clarke made the breakthrough into the Leeds first-team last season and registered his first assist for Pablo Hernandez in a tight 1-0 win over Sheffield United.
He scored his first goal for the club in their 3-2 win over Aston Villa in December.
However, he collapsed during the Championship game with Middlesbrough in February and was subsequently diagnosed with a virus which he struggled to recover from.
He only made a handful of cameo appearances after that but it didn’t stop his move to Tottenham in the summer for a fee close to £10m.
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