Having been one of the emerging talents from Leeds United’s academy, it would no doubt have hurt the club’s fans to see Jack Clarke being dropped by Tottenham.
Reports from the summer of 2019 claimed that Spurs paid a £10m fee to Leeds to sign Clarke, with further payments scheduled depending on whether certain conditions are met.
Sadly for both North Londoners and the player himself, things haven’t worked out for him, with Transfermarkt now citing his worth at less than half that amount at just £4.5m.
That’s a real indication of how far his career has regressed since Spurs signed him, as the now 21-year-old has only made four senior appearances for the Lilywhites.
Having been unable to break into the senior setup at Spurs, Clarke was sent on loan to QPR who were keen to see him rediscover his potential and help him find his form.
The club’s director of football, Les Ferdinand, said: “You can see Jack has quality as we played him last year when he was at Leeds. He’s a young lad but he’s undoubtedly talented and I think once he’s back they’ll probably look at him during pre-season, see how he does and then judge if it’s another loan or (Jose Mourinho) he can see a benefit to the Tottenham team now. and the way he wants to play.
However, Clarke would play just seven times for QPR before returning to Spurs, and it’s safe to say things haven’t started since.
Along with the spell with the Hoops, Clarke also spent time on loan at Championship side Stoke, moving to League One side Sunderland in January.
While he has featured more regularly for the Wearside club (he has played 13 consecutive times in the third tier), he has only scored one goal and provided one assist.
It was no surprise that Sunderland boss Alex Neil admitted the versatile midfielder’s end product has let him down in his short spell with the club so far, saying: “He can take people one on one, which It’s obviously a good strength.” have, and it has been a threat to us. He’s missed some key opportunities, and I think that’s the next step for him. He just needs to be a bit more clinical in front of goal.
“I think there have been some games recently, Lincoln, in particular, is one that sticks in the mind, where he had a golden opportunity, and those are the moments that we have to capitalize on. But overall, I think his appetite for the work that he needs to do and his willingness to be a threat to us and get us on the field, he’s done well.”
For Clarke’s sake, a strong end to the season would do him a world of good and help him find his groove again, but in Leeds’ case, they played an absolutely blind role in letting the £25k-a-week winner go for a fee. eight figures three years ago.
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