Pundit insists Spurs move came ‘too soon’ for summer signing in 2019

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Dom Le Roy

Former Leeds United defender, Danny Mills believes that Jack Clarke should have waited until he got more experience under his belt at Elland Road before making the permanent switch to Tottenham Hotspur.

Following his disappointing loan spells at Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers last season, the winger was involved in Tottenham’s pre-season friendlies ahead of the new campaign and he gave a decent account of himself.

Some reports at the time even indicating that Jose Mourinho might be ready to give him some first-team opportunities this season (Evening Standard).

However, the teenager has failed to make any of Tottenham’s matchday squads so far (transfermarkt.com) despite the congested fixture list.

Clarke was linked with a loan move to Birmingham City back in August (Birmingham Mail) but the 19-year-old has remained at Spurs so far. However, that could yet change with Premier League clubs allowed to trade players with EFL teams until October 16.

Mills has urged Clarke to seek a loan move away from Tottenham, rather than being part of the club’s Under-23 setup.

He told Football Insider: “To go from first-team football to Under-23 football is not great.

“Sometimes players move too soon and they can be too quick to leave a club where they are progressing and developing at.

“They are too quick to pursue the ‘big move’ and it is not always the right step for them and I think that is the case with Jack Clarke.

“If I was him I would look for a loan move before the window shuts.”

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What is clear from the recently released second season of Amazon Prime’s ‘Take me home: Leeds United’ is that they were under some serious financial pressure last summer. They were looking to sell players with an inflated value who would not be a major miss for the first-team. So, it is looking more and more like Leeds got one over on us with the Clarke deal.

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