Premier League

Danny Mills: Jack Clarke is no Phil Foden

Tottenham really look to be going for it this transfer window.

As well as Tanguy Ndombele, according to Sky Sports, the north London club are closing in on the signing of Leeds United winger Jack Clarke.

After back-to-back windows of signing nobody, things are starting to look up for Spurs, though former Leeds defender Danny Mills does not seem all too impressed with the possible addition of Clarke. Have a look at his verdict in this edition of our Pundit’s Choice feature.

“Are there other clubs out there saying they want to sign Jack Clarke for £10million? The only one I’m aware of are Tottenham,” the Sky Sports pundit told Football Insider. “If Phil Foden was on the market, how many clubs would be knocking on the door? Pretty much every club that could afford him would be bidding.

“There is an awful lot of potential with Jack Clarke but he’s no Phil Foden. If he was outstanding, he would be playing week in, week out, in the Championship, in the starting XI. Phil Foden is the same age, but Clarke is nowhere near the England Under-21s.”

Whether Clarke is as talented as Manchester City’s teen sensation or not, you can understand the doubts Mills or any other person may have about Clarke and this potential move to Tottenham.

Can you see Mauricio Pochettino developing him into a better player? Given his track record with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks, the answer is probably yes.

But where exactly is the 18-year-old going to play? Thanks to Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min, Spurs are already pretty strong out wide.

It was not too long ago Moura was scoring a hat-trick in a Champions League semi-final, while Son finished the Premier League campaign only behind Harry Kane in the Tottenham scoring charts with 12 goals (as per WhoScored).

Striking just twice in the Championship last season, Clarke is clearly not an upgrade on either. Rather, taking into account his age, he is probably being viewed by Pochettino as one for the future.

Could he still make an impact next term, perhaps off the bench or in the cup competitions? Only time will tell.

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Danny Mills: Jack Clarke is no Phil Foden
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