Stoke City boss delivers verdict on Spurs loanee Jack Clarke after first three matches

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Dom Le Roy

Stoke City boss, Michael O’Neill has admitted that Jack Clarke has shown plenty of quality since arriving at the club and revealed that he expects the winger to make a big contribution to his side between now and the end of the season.

Clarke had a season to forget last time out as his loan spells with Leeds and QPR both turned out to be major disappointments, with the youngster struggling to get minutes under his belt.

However, it appears as if the winger’s time at the Bet365 stadium has got off to a much better start.

After two decent cameos off the bench against Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham, O’Neill decided to hand the Tottenham man a start against Watford on Saturday.

Clarke was one of the Potters’ most dangerous players until he came off in the 82nd minute and, despite Stoke falling to a 2-1 defeat at home, the winger showed enough to suggest that he could make a big impact this season.

When asked what he made of Clarke’s performance, O’Neill told Stoke Sentinel: “I thought he was very good.”

“You can see straight away his ability on the ball. He can handle the ball very well. I thought he linked very well with Nathan Collins on that side and Joe Allen.

“That’s two very young players who handled it very well against two very good players on that side. It was a good start from Jack.

“In the three games since he’s come in he’s shown great quality and I think he can add something to us.”

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Although it is still early days, Clarke looks much more confident at Stoke than he did during his loan spells last season. He seems more willing to take players on instead of playing safe. Training with the Tottenham first-team appears to have done the youngster a world of good.

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