Leeds United manager responds to rumours that Jack Clarke may return to Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are always one for investing in young talent and giving youngsters the opportunity to break into the first team, especially under Mauricio Pochettino.

You don’t have to look any further than Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Oliver Skipp, and Kyle Walker-Peters this season to see how seriously Tottenham take their youth development.

Back in the summer transfer window, Spurs added to their array of teenage talent by purchasing young Jack Clarke from Leeds United.

The Sun report that Spurs then loaned him back to the Championship club with the understanding that he would play regular football.

However, since the start of the season, Clarke has yet to play a single minute in the Championship and is reportedly growing frustrated with the lack of chances.

This has led to rumours that Clarke may be recalled by Spurs in January, thanks to a clause that was inserted into the loan deal (Sun).

Marcelo Bielsa, the Leeds manager, was asked this week about the rumours (TeamTalk): “Always the source of the news is the most important. After you have a team of 20 players, you give a lot of opportunity to each of those 20 players.

“I am really satisfied with Jack Clarke’s development, he’s at a good fitness level. Technically he is complete and he’s attitude today is very good.

“He competes with [Helder] Costa, [Pablo] Hernandez, [Jack] Harrison. If one of them are left in the team and Clarke is participating after we were going to listen that the news about Costa, Pablo, Harrison.

“I am satisfied working with Clarke and I am sure he’s going to be necessary and important to use in relation about the news you were talking about.

“The only way to answer to this news is Clarke who is saying that or some authority of Tottenham.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

Tottenham should recall Clarke in January and either loan him out to a different Championship club who will actually play him, or simply start integrating him in North London. He is only really playing U23 football and the odd cup game now, why not do it at Spurs?

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