Pundit believes player is making a backwards step by moving to Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

Jack Clarke is making a mistake by potentially joining Tottenham Hotspur according to former Leeds United player Danny Mills.

The 18-year-old is expected to tie up a move to North London in the coming days for a fee in the region of £8.5million and has already undergone his medical (The Sun).

Clarke made 25 appearances for the Elland Road outfit last season with 20 of those coming from the substitutes bench and registered two assists and finding the back of the net himself on two occasions.

Mills, who played for Leeds between 1999 – 2004 where he registered 131 appearances for the Whites believes that the young winger needs to be playing every week next season and will struggle for game time at Tottenham in what he described as a potentially backwards move.

The former full back even went as far as claiming that Clarke will be nowhere near Mauricio Pochettino’s first team plans and will instead find himself dropping down to play academy grade football next season.

He told Sky Sports: “You’re coming off the bench and it’s easier to pick the ball up and run at people, why has Bielsa said ‘you are not worthy of more starts?’

“I actually think it’s the wrong move, is he going to be in the Tottenham team next season? No chance.”

“He’s too young, he is going to be nowhere near the first team, there’s a lot of potential there, but at this stage it is very very raw and it is purely potential.

“Next season he might’ve had 15-20 starts and had the opportunity to impress, he now goes to Tottenham and at best he’s going to be in the U23 squad.

“Playing games week in week out is what he needs to do, I think this could actually send his career a bit backwards because he is not going to play football.”

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  1. Danny who? Pundit! I do not think so!
    Just someone who has a lot to say without foundation
    It’s about time the media stopped communicating this crap!
    He would be better off talking about watching paint drying!

  2. i agree big mistake out of his so called comfort zone with the aid of his agent and on to London with no mates
    tootenham are a selling club and will just let him rot on the bench before loaning him out
    we don’t want him back we have other better academy players coming through he has believed the publicity
    grass is greener on the other side let’s see


    • Tottenham are a selling club, but its Leeds who have sold to Tottenham not the other way round. But jealously is such a unattractive emotion. If he comes to the Lane he will be joining a big team, if he comes with the right attitude Poch will use him as he did Alli. Its up to him and he should know that of all the teams he could join from the pit that are Leeds, Spurs play youngsters IF THEY ARE GOOD ENOUGH. But the best thing is he will be leaving a dive of a city and a completely rubbish club.

  3. He’ll be looked after at Spurs, with huge emphasis on developing him physically and as a footballer.
    If he’s got real potential, and it seems he has, then Poch and his team will help him to fulfil it.
    I’m sure Danny Mills would have said the same about Dele Alli when at Milton Keynes he was
    wondering if to come to Spurs.
    If he hadn’t, goodness knows where he might have ended up. Playing for a Championship side no doubt,
    because I doubt if any other PL side would have given him the chance. Oh, Liverpool feel they missed out didn’t they?
    But then, they wouldn’t have taken the time to make him the player he’s become either.


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