Scottish champions Celtic are set to make a move for Tottenham youngster Jack Clarke, according to Football Insider. Indeed, head coach Jose Mourinho is willing to let the 19-year-old leave North London in January, believing a loan spell would aid his development, according to the report.
Clarke signed for Tottenham last summer after impressing for Leeds United in the 2018/19 season. Spurs loaned him back to Leeds at the start of the season, but Clarke failed to break into the team, making just three appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, two of which came in the Carabao Cup.
Bringing Clarke to Celtic Park could be a clever move for Neil Lennon, who may be looking for extra depth in his attacking setup. Having allowed Scott Sinclair to join Preston North End earlier in the window, Clarke could present Celtic with another attacking outlet that could prove crucial in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.
Perhaps this deal could have Patrick Roberts’ success in mind. Obviously, the Manchester City youngster spent over a season on loan with the Hoops between 2016 and 2018, helping the Bhoys win all manner of domestic trophies and there are certainly similarities between the two. As per WhoScored, there aren’t all that many differences between Roberts’ output during his final season at Fulham (2014/15 – the one that got him the move to City in the first place) and Clarke’s contribution last term.
Indeed, they averaged the same number of dribbles per game (1.1) and drew the same number of fouls over the same period (0.5), so do appear to fit a similar profile.
Celtic will apparently face competition from a number of Championship clubs for Clarke’s signature. Football Insider report that Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Swansea are all chasing a short-term deal for Clarke. However, given their status as potential title-winners and a club playing European football, surely the idea of going to win trophies and helping get an investment used to playing on a big stage makes sense for Spurs.
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