Mauricio Pochettino on Jack Clarke’s future at Leeds and potential loan recall

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking about Jack Clarke’s current situation at Leeds United.

The 18-year-old moved to Tottenham Hotspur from the Elland Road outfit during the summer for around £10million and was immediately loaned back to his former side for the duration of the 2019/20 campaign (Guardian).

Clarke’s return to Leeds hasn’t gone exactly to plan for the player or Spurs after he has struggled to feature for Marcelo Bielsa’s first team having not make a single appearance in the Championship.

Pochettino was asked about Clarke during the pre-Watford press conference at Hotspur Way yesterday and refused to focus too much on the winger’s situation given the current predicament which the North London club are on following their difficult start to the season.

Bielsa, who Pochettino played for during his careeer is only able to select five of the six loan players he has in his matchday squad, with Clarke usually the one to miss out.

Pochettino told Football.London: “Jack Clarke is at Leeds now. He is playing for Leeds. He is our player but he is on loan. Of course, if you say to me today about Jack Clarke, I don’t know because today he has not got a place to come with us. What is going to happen in a few months, I don’t know,”

“Today, no. Today no. But football is dynamic. It always changes,” he added when asked if he would be recalling Clarke in January.

“You know we have the people to look after Jack Clarke. We have the structure to look after him. I cannot think too much about Jack Clarke.

“Of course I have all the reports every week but I cannot be focusing on what is going to happen with him in January. I need to be trying to help my players and the team today because we need to win on Saturday and on Tuesday. It is wasting time, with all my respect to Jack Clarke.”

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