Exclusive: Jack Clarke’s trainer reveals what he has seen from Spurs man ahead of pre-season

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Dom Le Roy

Evolution Sports, a Sports Coaching Academy based in Yorkshire, have been working with Jack Clarke again this week ahead of the new season, conducting two more sessions with the winger.

This follows the training sessions held with Clarke back in August, in which Evolution Sports’ Charlie Marshall gave us the inside scoop on his sharpness.

Jack Clarke will be hoping to impress Jose Mourinho this pre-season after back-to-back disappointing loan spells at Leeds and QPR.

In fact, the Evening Standard reported earlier this year that the Spurs boss intends to give Clarke the chance to prove himself in pre-season.

Clarke was signed as an 18-year-old from Leeds United for £10m in 2019, breaking Tottenham’s near 18-month spell without a signing.

The teenager then went back on loan to his boyhood club but struggled for game time throughout the subsequent season, making just one Championship appearance.

Spurs decided to recall Clarke in January and loaned him back out to Queens Park Rangers for the second half of the season, although the youngster ran into similar difficulties when it came to consistent minutes on the pitch.

In the end, he made just ten appearances across all competitions in the 2019/20 campaign, with only seven coming in the Championship (TransferMarkt).

Despite this, ESPN report that Tottenham staff still think ‘very highly’ of Clarke and admire how he has coped with an extremely stop-start season.

With pre-season just around the corner, we caught up with Charlie Marshall again to see how Clarke has progressed and whether he could make it at Spurs this season.

Speaking exclusively to SpursWeb (via Instagram direct messaging), Marshall said: “We have had 3 sessions with Jack now and he’s looking sharp. We have tried to work our sessions around match fitness and getting back to 100% fitness. But with Jack he’s already there, he’s clearly been doing plenty work on his own rather than just with us.

“We have been working on game scenarios in terms of positions and where he would find himself on the pitch and he very rarely misses the target and when crossing puts it on the money nearly every ball.”

On how Clarke could perform next season, Marshall added: “In my opinion, he’ll be a strikers dream the way he whips them in from the wing. Watching his finishing I’m sure he could chip in with a few goals if given the opportunity.”

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