Darren Bent suggests recent Spurs signing may have attitude problems

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has suggested that there could be off the field issues which are hampering Jack Clarke’s loan spell.

Clarke completed a summer move from Elland Road to Spurs where he became the North London club’s first signing in 518 days (The Sun).

As part of the agreement, Clarke was loaned back to Leeds for the duration of the 2019/20 season but has found regular football hard to come by.

The winger is yet to feature for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the Championship to date with just two appearances in the Carabao Cup.

Bent has suggested that Clarke may have returned to Leeds with the wrong attitude after his move to the Champions League finalists and has urged the 18-year-old to put in the effort on the training pitch to force his way back into Bielsa’s plans.

Leeds currently have a number of players on loan and EFL rules state that a club can only include five players in a match day squad which has seen Clarke miss out completely on three occasions (Squawka).

Bent told Football Insider: “I have no idea, he’s obviously gone to Tottenham and come back but for whatever reason, I don’t quite get what’s gone wrong.

“He was brilliant last year, broke into the team, everyone’s talking about how brilliant he’s been, maybe he might have come back with the wrong attitude this season and Bielsa’s like: ‘I don’t care if you’ve gone to Spurs, you’re not coming back with this attitude.’

“It’s not good because from where he was last season, you might have expected him to be one of Leeds’ main men this season. At the moment something’s going wrong, Bielsa’s obviously not happy. He needs to seriously get himself back on that training pitch, sort out what’s going wrong because he’s wasting time at the moment.”

 

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