Tottenham are believed to be considering the possibility of recalling Jack Clarke from his loan spell with Leeds United when the January transfer window opens.
The talented winger joined the Champions League finalists in the summer after impressing during a breakthrough year with the Whites last time out.
Part of the deal saw him return to Elland Road, however the move hasn’t worked out at all.
The EFL rules stating clubs can only include five loan players in a matchday squad has worked against the teenager, with the winger one of six at Leeds on a temporary basis. As a result, he has failed to make the 18 in the past four Championship games.
Therefore, Football Insider are claiming that Spurs will recall the player unless things change between now and the New Year.
Here we look at THREE reasons why they would be making the right decision to do just that…
He needs to be playing for his development
Firstly, Clarke needs to be playing regularly if he is going to fulfil his potential and that’s not happening.
So, from Spurs’ perspective, he would be better off at their training base where he can adapt to how Mauricio Pochettino wants him to play and working with better players could help him too if he isn’t getting game time away from the club.
Right now, they will be hugely frustrated with how things have gone with their exciting young talent.
It could impact his confidence
The fact that he is not even making the squad can’t be doing Clarke’s confidence any good and it is a concern given his age.
Spurs will have wanted the youngster to be getting minutes, enjoying his football and contributing in Bielsa’s attacking team.
Instead, he is watching from the stands. This will test his mental strength and whilst that could benefit him in the long run, the Premier League side would rather he was in an environment that saw him playing each week and enjoying his football.
They can see how he copes away from Leeds
The 18-year-old came through the ranks of the Yorkshire club, his local side, and he still hasn’t moved away as he was loaned back immediately.
So, taking him away from home and out of his comfort zone could interest Spurs as they look to see how he adapts to new surroundings.
That could mean another loan move, and it would be interesting to see how he copes.