Tottenham’s Jack Clarke suffers another setback
Jack Clarke suffered another big setback.
What’s new on Jack Clarke?
Football Insider exclusively revealed that Clarke’s loan to Stoke City will end due to an Achilles tendon injury.
The 20-year-old is expected to be sidelined for the next six weeks, essentially ruling him out for the remainder of the season, and will return to his parent club to complete his rehab.
One disaster after another
Clarke seemed to have the world at his feet when playing for Leeds at the age of 18. The winger did 22 appearances in the league before being snapped up by the Premier League club.
However, Clarke’s dream move to Tottenham didn’t quite go as planned.
On his arrival he unwittingly stirred the pot in North London as Daniel Levy had signed a promising young player Mauricio Pochettino did not want in his squad, according to the Guardian.
This created tensions between the manager and the then president of Spurs, and soon after Pochettino received his marching orders.
Clarke, meanwhile, was immediately sacked to Marcelo Bielsa’s side on loan, where he made limited appearances before moving to QPR mid-season. In total, his 2019/20 campaign consisted of only Seven Alternate appearances in the championship.
Under Jose Mourinho, Clarke was featured on only Three taken over and got a loan in January, which looked like a buyout chance.
How was Clarke’s form in Stoke?
Although it only arrived in January, the 20-year-old has continued to make 14 appearances for the Potters, which is his longest streak in senior football since coming to Leeds.
Clarke collected an assist during his time with Michael O’Neil’s side and struggled to make a real impact at Bet365 stadium. For his performances at Stoke, the winger earned a WhoScored average rating of 6.38.
Does he still have a chance to succeed at Spurs?
It’s important to remember that while Clarke’s performance on loan has been somewhat disappointing, he’s only 20 years old.
It is a positive sign that, at such a young age, Clarke willingly loaned himself to several clubs in an effort to further his football development. Some players from top English clubs remain in the Under 23 squad until their contracts expire.
Clarke clearly has the desire to be successful at the highest level, and also the ability. If Bielsa was ready to use the winger as an impact substitute consistently as Leeds battled for promotion, he clearly has something in his record.