Former England international Darren Bent believes that winger Jack Clarke could leave Leeds United in the upcoming January transfer window.
The 18-year-old burst onto the scene at Elland Road last season and his positive performances earned him a move to Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur.
He was immediately loaned straight back to Leeds though, but so far he has failed to make a single Championship appearance for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this term (Transfermarkt).
With new manager Jose Mourinho having now taken charge at Spurs, Clarke will want to catch the eye of the Portuguese.
However, Bent says that he needs to concentrate on getting minutes at Leeds rather than thinking about events at Tottenham.
He thinks that Clarke is currently well out of contention at Elland Road and added that if he can’t force his way into Bielsa’s plans by January then he needs to consider trying to move on to a different club on loan.
Speaking about Clarke’s current situation, Bent told Football Insider: “He needs to worry about getting in that Leeds team because he can’t get nowhere near it at the minute.
“Before he worries about Mourinho, listen, he might have signed at Spurs but he’s miles away, absolutely miles away because he’s done himself no justice at Leeds. How can he expect, if he can’t get in Leeds’ team, how can he expect to go and get in Spurs’ team?
“It’s not going to happen so he needs to somehow get minutes at Leeds, start playing week in, week out or if January comes and goes: ‘It’s not working for me,’ go somewhere else and play games.”
Bent is certainly right when it comes to Clarke. Having not played at all in the Championship for Leeds his fledgeling career has stalled this season and he needs to start playing games sooner rather than later.
As Bent says, if he can’t even get in the Leeds team then he has no chance of getting near the Spurs squad. If he wants to impress Mourinho at his parent club then he needs to be getting minutes under his belt.
A big problem for him at the moment is the fact that the Whites have six players on loan (Transfermarkt) and only five of those are allowed in the matchday squad.
Clarke is at the bottom of the pecking order in terms of loanees, therefore a move to another club on loan could be the answer in January in order for him to get back playing regular first-team football.
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