Jack Clarke made a big career move over the summer as he ditched his long-term future at Leeds United in favour of a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Leeds worked the deal in their favour to receive a fee for the teenage winger as well as ensure he returned to Elland Road on loan for a season.
However, things haven’t been working out for Clarke, who is without a Championship appearance at this stage and has only featured in the League Cup’s early rounds, which Leeds are now out of.
A recent report from the Mirror has underlined Clarke’s frustrations at Leeds, with the 18-year-old understandably unhappy with a lack of game-time.
With that in mind, we take a look at THREE reasons why this report coming out of Leeds will be alarming for Spurs…
The money laid out
We know all about Spurs’ reluctance to part with money over recent transfer windows, but that all changed in the summer gone by, starting with Clarke.
The North London club spent a reported £10m to get the teenager on board, before taking their business elsewhere.
Currently, their £10m purchase is sitting in the stands and looking like an expensive fan.
Perhaps more importantly for Tottenham, Clarke’s development is taking a hit here.
He burst onto the scene under Marcelo Bielsa last season and got two goals and two assists quickly to his name.
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Clarke’s influence then waned as the season’s end approached, and now that influence is non-existent.
Spurs thought Bielsa could get Clarke ready for the first-team, but that’s not happening and his development is taking a hit.
Raises questions whether he’s good enough
Clarke was electric for Leeds last season when he broke through, but he got found out very quickly, it was obvious.
Spurs still went big to get him out of Elland Road, but now they might be questioning whether he’s good enough.
They – and many others – will hope this isn’t the case, but if Clarke isn’t good enough to break into this Leeds side, he’s got no hope with Champions League Tottenham.