Graham Roberts expresses his disappointment at treatment of Spurs player

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur made their first signing in over 518 days earlier this summer when they paid Leeds United £10million for the services of Jack Clarke (The Sun).

The 18-year-old was immediately loaned back to his former side for the duration of the 2019/20 campaign in order to give him a chance to play regular first-team football.

Clarke has yet to feature for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in three Championship outings during the current campaign with his only appearance to date coming in Leeds’ Carabao Cup victory against Salford (transfermarkt).

The winger was named in Leeds’ Under-23 side for their 3-2 win against Millwall earlier today.

News of Clarke’s involvement in the match filtered through to Spurs legend Graham Roberts who was certainly not impressed.

Roberts cited the fact that Clarke had returned Leeds to get more experience, rather than playing in an academy match which is something he could easily achieve at Tottenham.


It will be interesting to see if Spurs will allow Leeds to keep Clarke come January should his involvement with the first team continue to be limited.

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  1. Roberts would have been more upset if he’d watched the u23 match. Clarke just isn’t interested, by the looks. I also think he is being put in his place by Bielsa after his silly ‘Billy Big Bollocks’ statement that he always knew he’d move on from Leeds to a bigger club. Bielsa has a reputation for dealing harshly with someone who doesn’t 100% fit in or toe the line. Pochettino is well aware of Bielsa’s methods having been his player & is a disciple. He will realise that Clarke being treated in this manner is the biggest lesson he could learn his season. And he’d be right. He has problems with the mental part of the game, and his attitude. This season will make or break the player. He is far from the finished article, and has been positively awfu lin EVERY game he has started in the 1st team. He only shone for a few matches coming on as a sub – but not all of them. He has also been poor since his ‘virus’ (read into that what you like). It’s possible that Spurs’ gamble on him might fail. He will have no better chance of succeeding anywhere else but at Leeds. Fingers crossed for the lad. Brace yourself, Spuds.


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