Pundit urges West Brom to take a gamble on Spurs youngster

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Former West Bromwich Albion striker Kevin Phillips has urged the Baggies to take a gamble on Jack Clarke after they won promotion to the Premier League.

Clarke’s development has gone backwards this season on the back of disappointing loan spells at both Leeds and QPR.

Some Spurs fans have expressed their concern at the youngster’s inability to play regularly in the Championship and questioned if the £10million Spurs sent last summer was a waste of money (The Sun).

It was reported recently that Jose Mourinho plans on giving the 19-year-old an opportunity to impress during pre-season ahead

However, it appears that Clarke is a wanted man with The Evening Standard reporting last week that Fulham, Brentford and West Brom are all interested in signing the winger on loan.

Phillips believes that Slaven Bilic could be the man to get the best out of Clarke and urged his former club to bring the youngster to the Hawthorns.

When asked about the Baggies’ rumoured interest in the Tottenham man, the former Premier League golden boot winner told West Brom News: “History certainly suggests that players perform under Slaven – he gets the best out of them.

“It’s been a frustrating period for Clarke but he’s a good, quality player who’s got potential.

“It might be one of those where you take a slight gamble on it and it pays off as it did with Diangana and Pereira.

“That could turn out to be a good piece of business if they get a good deal.”

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We should be cautious about loaning Clarke to a Premier League side as the last thing the youngster needs is to spend another season on the bench. That would not only be a considerable set back to his development but could also shatter his confidence. Whichever club we loan Clarke out to next season (if at all we loan him out), we should seek for guarantees of a certain amount of game time for the 19-year-old.

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