Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believes that Jack Clarke’s career would be best-served away from Elland Road, with the midfielder suffering from a lack of game time during his loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur.
As a result, Whelan thinks Clarke should not waste any more time on the Leeds bench, with the 19-year-old not getting much opportunity to impress his new parent club.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan suggested a January move would probably be best for the youngster.
He said: “We’ve not seen anything of Jack Clarke this season. When we have seen Jack Clarke come on, he’s not really done anything.
“He was brilliant when he broke through last season, but he’s got a lot of learning to do and he’s not been getting time to do that at Leeds, either.
“He’s not been getting in the team; he’s not been getting any game time. I think the best thing that could happen for Jack Clarke is that he goes back out on loan to another club.”
It appears slightly strange that Leeds would agree to have Clarke back on loan following their agreement with Spurs, only to make the teenager a benchwarmer at Elland Road.
Clarke has made just one substitute appearance in the league and has not started since August’s EFL Cup shootout defeat to Stoke City.
Judging by the level of opportunity he has been afforded this season, it seems as though there is little room for manoeuvre as far as his place in the pecking order is concerned at Leeds.
With 25 appearances to his name last year, it appears he is not a central part of Bielsa’s plans at present, so it is easy to see why Whelan is advising the youngster to seek football elsewhere – especially if Clarke has ambitions to make it at Spurs.
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