Leeds United’s Jack Clarke has recently been linked with a loan move to both Derby County and Middlesbrough according to a recent report from Football Insider.
Clarke is currently on loan with the Whites, but it seems likely that the winger will return to Spurs in the January transfer window after struggling to force his way into the first team under Marcelo Bielsa this season.
He has been restricted to just three appearances in all competitions so far for Leeds this term, and will surely be tempted by a loan move elsewhere to find regular minutes in senior football.
The report from Football Insider claims that Bielsa is resigned to losing Clarke in the New Year, although it doesn’t seem as though he’ll be much of a miss for Leeds, as they look to continue their bid for promotion back into the top-flight.
We look at THREE reasons why Clarke would be a good addition to the Middlesbrough squad in the January transfer window.
He would be a regular starter
Middlesbrough have been extremely poor this term under the guidance of Jonathan Woodgate, in what has been a tough first spell in management for the former England defender.
A number of the current crop of players that the Middlesbrough boss has at his disposal aren’t performing to the standard that is required at this moment in time, so you have to feel as though Clarke would be a regular starter for Woodgate’s men if he arrived at the club in the January transfer window.
If that was to be the case, and Clarke can hit the ground running, then it seems as though it would be the best move for both parties involved.
He’d add something to the Middlesbrough team that they currently don’t have.
Middlesbrough are really struggling in their league campaign this season, and they need a player that can create opportunities for the likes of Ashley Fletcher and Britt Assombalonga.
The pair have shown glimpses of their quality this season, but they aren’t getting the service they need from wide areas of the Middlesbrough squad.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side need a game-changer that can be a threat in wide areas for Boro as they look to avoid relegation into the third tier.
Clarke can certainly provide them with that, and he could be exactly what they need to fire themselves up the Championship table.
Clarke will be keen to showcase his talent
It’s fair to say that Jack Clarke’s loan spell with Leeds this season has been hugely disappointing.
The youngster has made just three appearances across all competitions this term, which means that he’ll be keen to showcase his talent in senior football in the near future.
He looked impressive in his breakthrough season with the Whites, but with the likes of Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez putting in some strong performances this term, it seems as though Clarke’s days are numbered at Elland Road, and Middlesbrough could benefit from that.