Rarely-seen Jack Clarke is thought to be an ‘absolute nightmare’ behind-the-scenes at Leeds United but in a positive way.
According to a report by Football Insider, a number of the Whites’ senior squad are finding the teenager difficult to deal with whilst on the training pitch as his movement is causing defenders issues.
Marcelo Bielsa has openly praised the teenager recently and it seems his team-mates are also impressed with what the 18-year-old winger is doing at Thorp Arch.
Clarke has found it hard to make an impact for Bielsa’s side since returning to the club following his big-money move to Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the summer, although he has hardly had the opportunity to do so.
Since returning to Elland Road, the 18-year-old has been limited to just two League Cup appearances for the Argentine (Transfermarkt) and has not been included in a Championship squad since the meeting with Nottingham Forest two games into the campaign.
There has been plenty of talk regarding his future in Yorkshire, with speculation continuing to increase surrounding the possibility that Spurs will look to recall him in January, which may not be a surprise as Leeds already have, arguably, too many loanees on the books.
Eddie Nketiah, Helder Costa, Ben White, Illan Meslier and Jack Harrison appear to be the first choice options Bielsa has used within Championship competition, meaning Clarke has been ineligible for selection because of EFL rules (rule 54.4.1).
However, should the teenager ever get the chance, he will likely need to produce the same performances as he has been in training if he is ever to get a regular opportunity in the Whites’ efforts to obtain promotion to the Premier League.
With Clarke thought to be impressing at Thorp Arch and giving his team-mates a nightmare of a time on the training pitch, it seems strange as to why Bielsa has not used him more often than he has so far this season.
Perhaps, the Argentine feels the options he has available to him are better, therefore sees no real place for the youngster in his side?
Whether that is his opinion remains to be seen, but what will be certain is that Clarke will need to impress if he is going to break into the squad as he did last season.
Leeds fans, what do you make of Clarke? Do you think he’ll get his chance to show what he is doing on the training pitch in a competitive fixture? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments below!
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