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Opinion: Jack Clarke could be the next Son Heung-min at Tottenham Hotspur

Opinion: Jack Clarke could be the next Son Heung-min at Tottenham Hotspur

Son Heung-min is one of the most infectiously likeable and respected players not only at Tottenham Hotspur but throughout the Premier League, and a recent report suggests that an incredibly similar talent could join the South Korea international at Spurs.

Darting through the heart of the opposition with the ball glued to his tantalising right-boot, Son is one of a very exclusive group of players who boast the ability to strike fear into the opposition simply be picking up the ball with a few yards to run into.

Those defenders who can get close to Son before he receives the ball usually fare the best, but get too close and his quick-witted trickery can make a fool of any defender on the planet.

Lucas Moura is the player boasting a set of attributes which most closely resemble those offered by Son, but that could be about to change this month.

Indeed, according to a recent report from Football Insider, a well placed source has informed them that Spurs have launched a bid for £10m-valued Jack Clarke, with Leeds’ refusal to open contract negotiations until the summer attracting interest from a number of top-flight clubs.

Like Son, Clarke is one of a dying breed of old-fashioned, direct wingers who relentlessly strive to bypass their opponent before getting the ball into the danger zone.

Clarke’s magnificent assist for Kemar Roofe against Derby County, which saw him breeze towards the byline with a sharp burst of acceleration before delivering a delicious ball into Leeds’ top goalscorer, was a prime example of the quality he can offer.

Although Clarke is capable of operating on either flank, he has proven his threat when cutting inside from the left-wing already this season, with an emphatic finish into the right-hand corner from the left-side of the box bearing uncanny resemblance to goals Son has scored for Spurs down the years.

At just 18-years-old Clarke clearly has immense scope for improvement and working alongside the likes of Son, Harry Kane and Dele Alli would undoubtedly catalyse his development process.

That Spurs have reportedly submitted a bid suggests they are serious about Clarke and are willing to take a chance on the relatively unproven teenager before his transfer value begins to skyrocket, and if they are successful in converting their interest into a transfer the supporters should be ready for the arrival of a dynamic and hugely exciting wonderkid.

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