Ex-footballer says there is ‘no doubt’ that Championship winger will return to Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur have a number of talented teenagers already in their academy and even in the first-team squad, but they could well be welcoming back another in January.

Spurs purchased Jack Clarke from Leeds United back in the summer transfer window, breaking their 18-month dry spell without a single new signing under Pochettino.

However, even then, Jack Clarke only went back out on loan to his boyhood club of Leeds to continue his progression as a teenage starlet.

Clarke had enjoyed a tremendous second half to the season in the Championship last year after breaking into the first-team set-up.

However, it has been a nightmare for the youngster this term as he has just one Championship appearance to his name all year.

Noel Whelan believes there is no doubt that Tottenham will recall the winger in the January window, as his parent club will not want him sitting on the bench all year.

He said (Football Insider): “There’s no doubt Jack Clarke will leave as Tottenham won’t allow him to stay on the bench all season. Leeds have plenty of wide men in the squad so I don’t expect they will sign someone to replace him.

“You’ve got Jack Harrison, Helder Costa, Pablo Hernandez…Jamie Shackleton and Stuart Dallas can play there as well and Alioski is a brilliant weapon as well.

“I can see him filling in as a winger, and replacing Clarke, if the first choices like Harrison and Costa are out, or come off. He’s played there most of his career, can create and score goals and is one of the best finishers in the squad.

“It’s been tough on him to lose his regular place at left-back, but that’s only because Stuart Dallas has been outstanding.

“He’s been coming on and scoring as a substitute, which shows that Bielsa’s selections are working. Everyone seems to be happy with their role and playing well.”

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