Ex-pro believes player on the verge of Spurs move is not as good as Phil Foden

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Dom Le Roy

Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills believes that Jack Clarke is not in the same class bracket as Manchester City’s Phil Foden.

The Leeds United winger is said to be in London to undergo a medical ahead of finalising a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur which will be in the region of £8.5million (The Sun).

Clarke, 18, made 25 appearances in total for the Championship side last season, starting on five occasions where he provided two assists and scored two goals.


Foden, who turned 19 last month has already made 38 appearances for the Premier League champions which also saw him score against Spurs in the top flight fixture at the Etihad towards the end of the season.

The City midfielder was part of the England squad at the European Under-21 Championships, while Clarke is yet to play at the same level for his country.

Mills believes that there is no real risk to Tottenham to sign Clarke given the reported £8.5million transfer fee yet believes if Foden was on the market there would be a number of clubs vying for his signature.

“He has talent and pace, and Tottenham will feel that if they can get him for £8million there is no real risk,” Mills told Football Insider

“It’s not a fee that will break their bank or budget.

“They won’t have to pay him a huge salary. Are there other clubs out there saying they want to sign Jack Clarke for £10million? The only one I’m aware of are Tottenham.

“If Phil Foden was on the market, how many clubs would be knocking on the door? Pretty much every club that could afford him would be bidding.”

“There is an awful lot of potential with Jack Clarke but he’s no Phil Foden. If he was outstanding, he would be playing week in, week out, in the Championship, in the starting XI. Phil Foden is the same age, but Clarke is nowhere near the England Under-21s.”

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