Manager admits Spurs will make January decision on loanee

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Dom Le Roy

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has offered an update on the future of on-loan Spurs winger Jack Clarke.

The highly-rated 18-year-old was signed by Tottenham in the summer for a fee of £11.5million (the Guardian) and was subsequently loaned back to Leeds United for the season in order to continue his development.

However, the teenager is yet to see a single minute of football in the Championship for Leeds this season, with his performances being restricted to the Carabao Cup.

When asked whether Clarke’s loan agreement could be subject to change in light of the managerial turnover at Spurs, Bielsa insisted that he hadn’t spoken to anyone at Tottenham about Clarke.

However, he did admit that Tottenham will decide on whether to continue with the loan agreement in January.

Speaking to Leeds Live, the 64-year-old said, “I never spoke with Pochettino about Jack Clarke. I didn’t talk with anyone at Tottenham about him.

“About his job it’s the same situation. Every day I try to do the best for Clarke. After, Tottenham and Clarke will value if we are doing enough with him.”

Football Insider previously reported that Spurs are considering terminating the loan deal with Leeds in January and loaning Clarke out to another club to ensure the youngster gets more game time.

Spurs Web Opinion

The decision to send Clarke out on loan to Leeds has been an extremely poor one by the club. The 18-year-old needs to be playing games in order to mature as a player and six months of his development have been wasted. Hopefully, he is loaned out to a club where he will get more game time in the second half of the season.

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  1. Given how well he was playing for Leeds before Spurs signed him you’ve got to wonder what has gone wrong since he was loaned back to the Yorkshire club? Has Clarkes attitude shifted since then, or is he being deliberately held back? Either way this is not helping the player’s development!

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