Tottenham have confirmed their first signing since Lucas Moura back in January 2018 – but Spurs fans won’t get to see him play in north London until the 20/21 season at the earliest.
Jack Clarke has signed a four-year contract with Spurs but has been immediately loaned back to Leeds where he will play under Marcelo Bielsa for another season.
The news was announced by Tottenham on Tuesday morning.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of Jack Clarke from Leeds United.
He has agreed a contract with the Club until 2023 and will return to the Championship side on loan for the 2019/20 season.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 2, 2019
In his official interview, Clarke said that he was “delighted to sign for such a top club. It’s one of the biggest clubs in England if not the world at the moment.”
He went on to praise the “Top, top players” at Spurs and said “I’m looking forward to getting to play with them and train with them. I’m very excited just to be able to watch them play and train every single day.”
Well, for the next 12 months he’s going to have to watch and learn from the top players at Leeds every day – and Mauricio Pochettino is obviously convinced that he will develop and progress at Elland Road this season.
According to Phil Hay, Clarke is already back and training with his Leeds teammates and the former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist said the fee “was in excess of £9m”.
If Clarke can re-discover the form that put him on Tottenham’s radar it’s a deal that will work out very well for Leeds.