Exclusive: Paul Robinson – It's inevitable that Leeds loanee will be recalled in January
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Paul Robinson believes that it is ‘inevitable’ that Tottenham will recall loanee Jack Clarke in January.
Clarke was sold to Spurs last summer for £10m but loaned straight back to Leeds for the season.
However, he hasn’t been able to force his way into the Leeds first team, with just two appearances in the EFL cup.
He was dropped from the Championship squad for six games but has been on the bench, without seeing any action, for the last eight games.
Clarke is behind Helder Costa, Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez in the pecking order, and manager Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t seem inclined to use him as a sub.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Jack Clarke will go back due to not playing this season. The whole idea of him coming back was that he’d play.
“The opportunity for him to play just hasn’t been there this season. Leeds have had a good start and he hasn’t been able to break into the side, so I think it’s inevitable he goes back to Tottenham.
“Mauricio Pochettino would surely rather see him train with Kane, Son and Eriksen if he’s still there, rather than be at Leeds training not to play.
“I think Leeds need to strengthen in January, but I don’t know if they need a direct replacement for Jack Clarke. Hernandez is set to come back, Jack Harrison has done well and Klich has just signed a new contract, so I don’t think they need a replacement. He’s not in and around the starting eleven every week.”
Clarke broke into the first-team last season and made a big impact until he was floored by a virus.
That saw him sidelined for six games and he never rediscovered his form, making a handful of cameo appearances before making the move to Tottenham in the summer.
Leeds director of football Victor Orta has already said that January will be a quiet transfer window for the club.
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