Having failed to secure promotion from the Championship last season, Leeds United are now facing an uphill battle to prevent Jack Clarke from leaving the club this summer.
According to the Irish Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly eyeing a move for the winger with Mauricio Pochettino being told by the Whites to pay a fee thought to be in the region of £20m to clinch a deal.
If this is indeed true, it is imperative that boss Marcelo Bielsa considers both the positives and the negatives that letting Clarke leave could have on the club’s fortunes during the upcoming campaign before making a final decision on the matter.
Keeping this in mind, we have set out two pros as well as two cons to Leeds accepting a bumper offer for the teenager from Spurs based on his career to date.
Check them out below…
Clarke has struggled for consistency since breaking through at the club
Although there is no doubting Clarke’s talent, the fact that he has struggled for consistency since making his first-team debut last year suggests that cashing in on him could end up being the correct choice.
Whereas at times he looked like a world-beater, the teenager’s form dipped considerably after he collapsed in February during a clash with Middlesbrough.
With there being no certainties that he will be able to return to his brilliant best next season, you wouldn’t blame Leeds for letting him move on to pastures new.
Leeds could use the money from his sale to bolster their squad
If Leeds do sell Clarke for a lofty fee, Bielsa could use the money received to bring in some new additions during the remainder of the transfer window.
Whereas it is fair to say that the Argentine already has a strong squad at his disposal, by adding some much-needed depth during the transfer window, he may be able to finally bring the Whites’ hiatus from the Premier League to an end in 2020.
The Whites could be losing a potential superstar
Having demonstrated flashes of brilliance against the likes of Aston Villa and Derby County last season, Clarke seemingly has all the ingredients needed to become a potential superstar in the future and therefore Leeds could rue selling him to Spurs.
When you consider that Pochettino has already helped the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli become household names across Britain, it would not be at all surprising if the 47-year-old ends up achieving the same feat with Clarke in North London.
Selling Clarke would send a worrying message to the club’s supporters
After witnessing fellow academy graduates Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor leave in recent years, Leeds’ supporters may not take too kindly to the departure of Clarke as it would demonstrate that not much has changed since Andrea Radrizzani bought the club from Massimo Cellino in 2017.
Having sold the aforementioned trio before they realised their true potentials, the Whites could be doing the same thing with Clarke which in turn may have a negative impact on their chances of securing promotion next season, especially if Bielsa fails to recruit sufficiently.