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Leeds United: Jack Clarke set to retain his place on the bench against West Brom

Leeds United: Jack Clarke set to retain his place on the bench against West Brom

Leeds United winger Jack Clarke looks set to retain his place in the squad for their fixture against West Brom tonight.

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Having been an unused substitute against Charlton at the weekend, the 18-year-old will be on the bench once again when the Whites take on the league leaders at Elland Road, according to a report from Football Insider.

The academy graduate was sold by the West Yorkshire side in the summer, with Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur paying around £10 million for the youngster.

However, as part of the deal Clarke was loaned straight back to Leeds for the 2019/20 season in order for him to continue his development.

As of yet, he has failed to make any sort of impact on the first team squad this term. Marcelo Bielsa hasn’t given him a single minute of action in the Championship, and he hasn’t even been in the matchday squad for six of their nine games. So far his only appearances have been in the Carabao Cup against Salford City and Stoke City respectively.

But with Pablo Hernandez currently missing through injury, it has given Clarke the opportunity to get back into the squad and he will hope that Bielsa opts to get him on the pitch at some point throughout the match.

He should be fresh, as he was substituted at half-time in the under-23s’ 2-1 defeat to Crewe Alexandra on Monday at Thorp Arch.

Being back in the squad is good news for Clarke, who made 25 appearances for the club as he made his breakthrough last season.

But if he does get on the pitch at any point, then he needs to take his chance and impress Bielsa if he wants to complete the full season at Elland Road. If he doesn’t then he could well be recalled by Tottenham in January as it is thought they have the option to do so written into the contract.

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