It has been a nightmare start to the season for young Jack Clarke of Tottenham Hotspur, the club’s first signing of the 2019 summer window.
Now 19-years-old, Clarke was reduced to three appearances for Leeds United in the first half of the season, two of them coming in the EFL Cup and one as a substitute for 19 minutes against Luton Town in the Championship (TransferMarkt).
Compare this to last season when Clarke broke into the first-team and played 25 games for Leeds, 22 of them coming in the Championship, while scoring two and assisting two more (TransferMarkt).
At one point in the season, Clarke featured in 13 Championship games in a row for his club.
When Spurs bought him and loaned him straight back, one could imagine that they were hoping it would be the best thing for his progress.
However, with the youngster now recalled, Paul Robinson has warned him to think carefully about his next move.
He said (Football Insider): “I think he has to be very careful of his next move and he has to make a calculated move.
“I don’t think moving for the sake of moving would be to his benefit if it ends up the same way it did at Leeds. He wasn’t playing, he wasn’t getting game time.
“If it’s a move where it’s guaranteed football between now and the end of the season, it could be a good move for him. If not, it depends what the player’s thinking.
“If the player wants to stay with the new manager, play with the new players every day, get under the new manager’s nose and let him have a look at him.
“He’s a Tottenham player, he’s had experience in the Championship, Spurs have obviously seen something in him to buy him so why not be part of the Tottenham squad between now and the end of the season.
“I don’t think there’s any rush for him to go back out on loan.”
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