Report: Mourinho to give 19-year-old the chance to be part of his first-team plans

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Jose Mourinho is reported to be ready to give Jack Clarke an opportunity to be part of his first team plans next season.

The Evening Standard claim that the Spurs head coach is prepared to allow the 19-year-old to provide competition for his current front four.

After moving to North London last summer for a £10million fee from Leeds United (The Sun), he was immediately loaned back to his former side and experienced a frustrating time at Elland Road.

With Championship sides only able to name five loanees in a match day squad.  Marcelo Bielsa often opted to use Ilian Meslier, Ben White, Eddie Nketiah, Helder Costa and Jack Harrison instead which limited Clarke to just 19 minutes of Championship football before being recalled by Spurs ahead of the winter transfer window (transfermarkt).

A secondary loan spell at QPR also saw Clarke have limited first team involvement, making just six league appearances which all coming from the bench.

The Evening Standard report that Premier League newcomers West Bromwich Albion are keen to take Clarke on loan.

After a disappointing campaign, Mourinho wants to run the rule over Clarke during pre-season before deciding whether another loan stint will best suit his development or if he can play a part in his first team.

Clarke has been working hard during the off-season by undertaking sessions with Yorkshire-based Evolution Sports Academy with their co-founder Charlie Marshall revealing to us in an exclusive interview of how impressed he has been with the midfielder’s sharpness and application to training.


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