Report: On-loan Spurs youngster’s mistake proves costly on full debut

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham winger Jack Clarke has made a less than ideal start to his loan spell with Queens Park Rangers this month.

The teenager, who was signed by Tottenham from Leeds last summer, was loaned back to Marcelo Bielsa’s side but failed to get much in the way of senior game time in the first half of the campaign.

The youngster was subsequently recalled by Spurs and loaned out to QPR for the second half of the season in the hope that he would get more time under his belt.

However, Clarke hasn’t started off his spell with Rangers the way he would have liked, as the winger’s first start for the club in the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Sheffield United at Loftus Road ended in a 2-1 defeat.

Not only did the 19-year-old fail to make an impact going forward, but he was also at fault for the visitor’s opening goal as he failed to track goal scorer Morgan Fox’s run from a throw-in (Football London).

The youngster was eventually replaced in 66th minute by Bright Osayi-Samuel after a lacklustre display.

Speaking after the game about Clarke’s performance, QPR manager Mark Warburton told Football.London, “He hasn’t been playing games and that’s why Spurs brought him back.

“But he’s a £15million player and he has got to adapt to it. He’s a boy. There is no doubt he will adapt to the level but he is a talented player. There is no doubt about his quality.”

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It would be harsh to judge Clarke on the back of this performance given how little football he has played for the last six months. Hopefully, the youngster overcomes that rustiness with more game time and replicates the kind of form that led Spurs to pursue a deal for him last summer.

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