Jack Clarke’s Tottenham Hotspur struggles look set to take to another blow as a different young attacker impresses Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Lowdown: Worries for Clarke
After bursting on the scene with Leeds United, Clarke was signed by Tottenham Hotspur as a player for the future, but he has only featured four times for the club as he has struggled to rise to the expectations.
He spent the second half of last season on loan at Championship side Stoke City, where he failed to find the net in 14 appearances and he wasn’t part of the Potters’ squad for the final two months of the season due to an ankle injury.
Clarke has appeared in the last three Premier League 2 games, grabbing an assist in the young Lilywhites’ recent 2-1 win over Liverpool, but it seems another wonderkid has caught the eye of Nuno.
The Latest: Breakthrough talent bad news
According to Football London, Dilan Markanday could feature in Thursday’s Europa Conference League tie with Rennes, alongside Nile John and Dane Scarlett, after impressing with the under-23s this season.
Markanday, who was an unused substitute in the 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, has scored four goals in three games for Spurs’ under-23s, including a hat-trick over Leeds United.
The report states that Clarke’s decision to remain at Spurs and fight for his place rather than seeking first-time football elsewhere on loan doesn’t appear to have gone well, and the fact that he didn’t make the bench at the weekend shows he has fallen further behind.
The Verdict: Huge challenge on hands
Clarke currently has Heung-Min Son, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura and Bryan Gil already ahead of him in his position and with Markandy now appearing to be above him, the signing from Leeds doesn’t seem to have worked as both parties would have hoped.
With loan spells at Queens Park Rangers and Stoke not working as Spurs would have wanted either and Clarke not hitting the same numbers as Markandy for the under-23s, the decision to exclude him from the Palace squad is warranted.
A potential loan move in January to boost his confidence and give Nuno a reason to re-visit the situation would be the best move for Clarke, whose contract runs out in 2023.
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