Leeds United’s season ended in misery as they were seen off by Derby County in the semi-finals of the play-offs after missing out on automatic promotion.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men now face an uncertain future, with the Argentinian still yet to commit his future to the club.
There are other pressing issues within the Leeds camp too to address, with the futures of key players like Kalvin Phillips and Pontus Jansson also up in the air, as well as youngsters like Jack Clarke, who is reportedly attracting interest in the form of a £10m bid from Premier League side, Spurs.
Clarke will no doubt welcome interest from a club like Spurs, but we here in the Tavern feel that Leeds simply have to say no to Mauricio Pochettino if he comes calling.
For one, the £10m fee is not nearly enough for a player who is still a teenager and has the potential to go on to great things in the game. Players in the modern game go for inflated fees all the time, and the Elland Road club should be demanding towards double that price to even consider selling Clarke.
Secondly, Leeds are building, and if Bielsa does indeed stay in charge, then Clarke could well feature prominently next season after a pre-season under the guidance of his experienced manager.
Clarke has already impressed this campaign just gone, and there is more where that came from you would have to assume going forward.
While Spurs would be the ideal sort of landing spot for a player like Clarke, Leeds should hold their ground and ensure they are finely poised to win promotion next time round – with Clarke firmly cemented as an integral cog within the starting XI.
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