Name: Jack Clarke
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Age: 23 November 2000
Position: Winger (right/ left)
Jack Clarke – his career so far
Jack Clarke’s case is indeed quite a unique one, to say the least. Even though the 19-year-old talent is officially a Tottenham Hotspur player, he is yet to tally a single appearance for the club ever since his arrival in July 2019, during the summer transfer window.
Upon the completion of the deal, Clarke was sent out back on loan to Leeds United where he was supposed to spend the following six months of his career. In January 2020, when the initial loan spell came to a close, the youngster was once again loaned out, this time to Queens Park Rangers, where he’s currently plying his trade.
But Clarke is an Elland Road lad through and through, climbing through their youth ranks since an early age and then finally penning his first professional deal with the Whites back in 2017.
He first experienced senior football in 2018 when he was named on the bench and then made an appearance against Brentford in the Championship, aged only 17. Two months later, he scored the first goal for Leeds in a dramatic victory over Aston Villa.
That same season, he also got his inaugural start and also started becoming a regular presence in the squad. When everything is said and done, he made an appearance 22 times throughout the 2018/19 Championship campaign, featuring once in the EFL Cup as well and scoring his only two goals and two assists for the club in that period.
In 2019/20, he could only muster three appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s squad before abruptly returning to Spurs and then immediately heading off to Queens Park Rangers where he made five appearances so far.
But despite this rather tangling and unfortunate turn of events for the now 19-year-old attacker, his talent is still visible almost every time he sets foot on the pitch and it doesn’t surprise that Spurs secured his signature from Leeds in 2019.
Even though both Spurs and Queens Park Rangers are most likely aware of the sheer talent they’ve got on their hands, Clarke has been struggling to showcase what he has to offer as of late. At the moment, not many transfer rumours are surrounding the youngster as he’s trying to establish his presence in the new squad.
Of course, the postponement of football couldn’t have arrived at a worse moment too and it remains to be seen what the future holds for him. But prior to his move to QPR, there was some transfer news about the likes of Fulham, Middlesbrough and Brentford also being interested in his services and some other transfer rumours linking him to Nottingham Forest.
Currently, there are no big Tottenham news on Clarke so we can’t say for sure whether his return back to London upon the expiry of the loan deal will be permanent or not. The goal, however, is to make sure he gets enough game time so he can develop into the star he’s meant to become.
Spurs should also make sure that ends up happening at their club and not somewhere else entirely.
It’s always unfortunate when a young talent simply can’t catch a break and despite Spurs acquiring his signature in 2019, Clarke’s career ever since that moment hasn’t really been hitting the highs at all. But that doesn’t mean he’s any less of a player than what he used to be back during his best spell at Leeds.
The 19-year-old is versatile enough to slot on either of the wings and is excellent at carrying the ball in his feet and beating his markers with direct and pacey runs behind the opposition’s defensive line.
He is also quite creative and proactive with the ball, averaging 8.62 dribbles per 90 minutes back in 2018/19 when he was playing more regular football and succeeding in 55.6% of his attempts, according to Wyscout’s database.
That season, he also averaged 1.74 shots per 90 minutes but with only 30% of them actually hitting the target, which is a sign there’s still a lot of room for improvement there. But 4.18 touches in the box and 2.44 progressive runs do make up for it as they indicate he’s a steady presence in the opposition’s box and will provide his teammates with a good option during the attacking phase.
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