By Craig Scott

27th Dec, 2019 | 2:04pm

Marcelo Bielsa reacts to news that Tottenham have recalled Jack Clarke

Marcelo Bielsa has suggested that he feels he might have failed Jack Clarke during his loan spell at Leeds United.

Tottenham signed Clarke, 19, from the Whites in the summer and sent the young attacker back on loan to Elland Road for the rest of the season.

However it was confirmed on Thursday that Spurs have recalled the England Under-20 international due to his lack of game-time with the Championship club.

Clarke made just one league appearance during his loan spell at Leeds and while Bielsa has thanked the teenager for his time at the club, he admits that he might not have got him to develop quickly enough.

“I’m very grateful to Clarke,” he said, as quoted by the Mirror. “He made his contribution in this part of the season, even if I didn’t use him.

“I always try to help the players become the best version of themselves. Sometimes this process is not fast, it’s slow and we don’t achieve it fast enough.”

It is not a shock that Spurs have recalled Clarke and there is a good chance that the London club will find a new loan club for him for the rest of the season.

Jose Mourinho is not exactly a manager who is known for offering chances to younger players so it will be quite the surprise if Clarke returns to Tottenham and ends up in the Portuguese manager’s senior squad.

There are bound to be a few clubs in the Championship who would take Clarke and offer him way more opportunities than Bielsa did at Leeds.

However Bielsa should not be too hard on himself for Clarke’s failure to shine in his loan spell at Elland Road.

Clarke’s form had dropped in the second half of last season and many point to when he collapsed on the bench at Middlesbrough as the moment that sparked that dip.

He never really recovered from that in terms of his performances, which suggests that Tottenham may have jumped the gun to sign the youngster on a permanent deal.

In other Leeds United news, Ian Wright sent a message to a Leeds player after the draw with Preston on Boxing Day.