Former Leeds United player, Noel Whelan has claimed that Jack Clarke may not have a long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur after struggling for minutes in his first two seasons.
Although he spent the first half of last season at Spurs, Clarke has predominantly been sent out on loan for the majority of his North London spell.
Since arriving from Leeds United for £10m, he has been loaned back to Leeds, as well as QPR and Stoke City.
The winger has only played a total of three matches and 51 minutes for the Lilywhites since joining in July 2019.
Football London reported recently that Clarke would likely to be sent out on loan again this season unless he can impress Nuno Espirito Santo in pre-season.
Whelan has argued that Clarke cannot keep being loaned out if he has any hope of earning a long-term future at Tottenham.
He told Football Insider: “I’m not sure if he has a future at Tottenham.
“The fact that he keeps getting sent out on loan suggests to me that he doesn’t have a long-term future there. It is a really difficult one.
“He was fantastic for Leeds but you could see that there were a few frailties in his game. The big question was whether he could make that step up to the top flight so early in his career.
“He has loads of talent but sometimes the mental side of the game is more important than a step-over. You need to work tirelessly every day and put yourself in a position where the manager cannot ignore you.
“Another season where the pressure is on. He needs to prove that he is good enough to play for Tottenham.
“Right now is crunch time for him. You cannot keep going out on loan every season.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
With the Europa Conference League, I would keep Clarke for the first half of the season at least to give him a chance to play football and train with the Spurs first team. If he is still not good enough to thrive in the Championship on loan, I do worry for him.
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