It has been a truly awful month to be a Leeds United supporter, hasn’t it?
After missing out on automatic promotion to the Premier League to Sheffield United following an awful run of four games without a win in the Championship, the Whites were consigned to the lottery of the play-offs.
Although Leeds would have been confident of overcoming their semi-final opponents Derby County having beaten them twice already during the 2018/19 campaign, they knew that if they did not perform well over two-legs, their dreams of top-flight football next season would be dashed.
Despite delivering the perfect away performance at Pride Park on Saturday by securing a 1-0 victory courtesy of a Kemar Roofe goal, the Whites’ hard work was undone last night as they capitulated at Elland Road.
With Marcelo Bielsa’s side unable to deal with Derby’s fearsome attack, they conceded four goals at home which resulted in them being eliminated from the play-offs.
Having appeared as a substitute during Wednesday’s clash, it is not entirely beyond the realms of possibility that Jack Clarke may have made his final bow for Leeds.
An outstanding talent, the 18-year-old’s superb performances throughout the campaign saw him win the club’s Young Player of the Year award, yet it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he leaves for the Premier League this summer.
According to the Daily Star, Clarke could be a target for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool who may spark a bidding war when the transfer window opens in July.
If this is indeed the case, the Whites may struggle to convince the winger to stay for another season in the second tier as the lure of playing in the Champions League is a proposition that not many players would turn down.
What do you think Leeds fans? Are you confident that Clarke will be at Elland Road next season? Or will your failure to secure Premier League football result in the teenager’s departure this summer? Let us know below.
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