Tottenham are increasingly likely to recall Jack Clarke from his loan spell at Leeds in January with the winger unable to break into their matchday squad, according to a report.
The 18-year-old earned a £9.5m switch to Tottenham this summer off the back of an impressive breakthrough season at Leeds, but was loaned back to the Whites at the request of both player and club.
Clarke insisted at the time that returning to Leeds was something of a “no-brainer” with United boss Marcelo Bielsa seen as key to helping the young winger develop his game even further.
However, Clarke has played just twice all season, with both appearances coming in the Carabao Cup – a competition Leeds are no longer in – and the teenager yet to play a single minute for the club in the Championship so far this season.
And while Bielsa has offered an explanation for the youngster’s lack of minutes this season, it seems Tottenham are ready to exercise their right to end the loan early when the transfer window reopens in January.
That’s according to a report in the Daily Mirror, who claim Spurs and Clarke’s camp are ‘reviewing his situation over his failure to play in the league’.
The Mirror continues: ‘Clarke is believed to be frustrated at being left in the stands and feels he is being ignored by Bielsa.
‘It is understood that Bielsa has not spoken to him to explain why he keeps leaving him out.’
Clarke is unfortunate in that he appears to be the odd man out and a victim of the EFL’s rule that states that matchday squads can include no more than five loanees. And with the likes of Ben White, Eddie Nketiah, Jack Harrison, Helder Costa and reserve goalkeeper Illian Meslier all ahead of Clarke as loanee selections, it seems Clarke’s prospects won’t be getting better any time soon.
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