Les Ferdinand shares his view on whether Jack Clarke could be ready for Spurs next season

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Former Spurs striker Les Ferdinand has spoken to Football.London about how on-loan Spurs duo Luke Amos and Jack Clarke are getting on at QPR.

Amos joined QPR last summer on a year-long loan deal and the midfielder has played fairly regularly.

The 22-year-old, who impressed during Tottenham’s pre-season tour in 2018, suffered a ruptured ACL in September of the same year (Spurs official) but has been able to get his career back on track with the Championship side this campaign.

Ferdinand, who is the Director of Football at QPR, was complimentary of the youngster’s ability.

Speaking to Football.London, he said: “I knew Luke from my time at Spurs. Coming off the back of not playing much football last year, you know it’s always going to be an in-and-out season.

“You’re going to pick up a few little niggles, which he has done, but he’s got himself into the team and shown a level of consistency.

“Unfortunately for us we changed 14 players in the summer, so doing that people are always going to be fighting to find that level of consistency we want as a club and he’s probably not played as many games as he wanted to as he’s been in and out of the side a little bit.

“He’s added goals to his game, we know what he’s capable of as he’s a good midfield player, he gets up and down, he’s got good energy and we’re seeing it.

“He’s been out of the side for the last couple of games but up until then we were seeing a level of consistency that we thought we would get and hoping to see this season.”

When asked about the youngster’s chances of breaking into the Spurs team in the future, he said: “He has been out of the eyesight and Jose’s not been able to see him so far, obviously we send the information and there are video clips of him playing.

“It’s a tough midfield to break into and it will be if I am being totally honest.

“He’s shown his capabilities in the more games he’s played and if he can add a few more goals, which he did in the early part of the season, then he will be offering the Tottenham midfield something they’ve not got at the minute and that’s goals from midfield.”

Ferdinand also revealed that Jack Clarke, who joined Amos on loan at QPR last month, was progressing as expected and could feature more often for the first team in the coming weeks.

Speaking about Clarke, he said, “You can see that Jack is quality as we played against him last year when he was at Leeds,” 

“You knew the qualities that he was coming in with but, always when you bring players in in January, he hasn’t played much first-team football this year so he’s trying to find his feet.

“I watched him in the reserves the other day and we saw bits of what we are expecting in our first team and hopefully he’ll be able to transfer that.”

When asked if the 19-year-old is likely to be loaned out by Spurs again next season given how little football he’s played this campaign, the former England striker responded, “It will be interesting. It’s easy to speculate.

“He’s a young boy but he has undoubtable talent and I think once he goes back they’ll probably look at him through pre-season, see how he does and then make a judgement on whether it’s another loan or he [Mourinho] may see a benefit to the Tottenham team now and the way he wants to play.”

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I believe Amos will likely be sold to a Championship club in the summer as he needs to be playing regularly at his age. Hopefully, Clarke gets some games under his belt for QPR and shows the kind of form he did for Leeds last season so that he can come into pre-season full of confidence.

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