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‘Carries an element of risk’ – Barnsley eye move for Tottenham Hotspur player: The verdict

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Championship outfit Barnsley are one of four second-tier sides in the race for the signature of Tottenham Hotspur winger Jack Clarke in January, as per TEAMtalk.

The Tykes, who are currently managerless after Markus Schopp’s dismissal, are currently sitting in 22nd place despite their win over relegation rivals Derby County in midweek and are in desperate need of a few reinforcements to guarantee their survival after a torrid start.

This form is a far cry from their meteoric rise under former boss Valerien Ismael last season – and look to be in danger of going down unless they can adequately replace the Frenchman, ex-captain Alex Mowatt and previous loanee Daryl Dike who were three key figures in the South Yorkshire outfit’s success as they reached the play-offs.

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Spurs’ Clarke is one man who has followed a similar path to Barnsley, looking promising but declining after failing to receive sufficient first-team opportunities and will be seeking to get his career back on track.

At 20, there’s still plenty of time for him to do this and there’s no shortage of interest in his signature, with Derby County, Luton Town and Millwall also thought to be interested in acquiring the £10m-man’s services.

Ahead of this potential move to Oakwell, we asked three of our Football League World writers whether they believe he’s a good signing and if would be a needed figure for the second-tier strugglers.

Billy Mulley

I think the answer of whether this would be a good signing will be based upon the type of manager that Barnsley end up employing.

Under a young, progressive manager, who has a clear identity and footballing philosophy, and sees where Clarke will fit in, then this would be a good move in my opinion.

His loan moves to the Championship have not been dreadful thus far, but they have not gone as he would have hoped.

Clarke is a winger who possesses pace, creativity, end-product and intelligence and it appears that he has made a strong start to the season with Tottenham’s U23s.

Barnsley have a squad full of youthful talent, and with the right manager, Clarke could thrive in that kind of environment.

I think there are better-suited clubs in pursuit, with Derby County in need of a progressive and creative type, and also Millwall could also benefit by having a player like Clarke, as it would add an extra dimension to their attacking play.

Although, I am not too sure if Gary Rowett would operate in a way that would fully maximise his potential.

Alfie Burns

Clarke is a difficult one to judge really.

His career since leaving Leeds has been really underwhelming. There was a time when he was breaking through at Elland Road where he looked like becoming a real star, but it’s not really happened for him.

The move to Tottenham hasn’t worked, and neither have loans to Leeds, QPR or Stoke.

Barnsley going after him, then, carries an element of risk.

How can the Tykes be sure that they are the club to get Clarke back to his terrifying best? Simply, they can’t be sure of that.

However, let’s say they do get Clarke back to some version of his old self, they are getting their hands on a player that can drive them out of trouble in the Championship.

It’s a risk, but it might be worth the punt.

George Dagless

Potentially.

I think Clarke is a good footballer and it’s a shame things haven’t worked out for him so far since his exit from Leeds United to Spurs.

He’s had a lot of loan spells since that deal and hasn’t really been able to settle anyway or build any rhythm, and that’s what you need as any football player, let alone a youngster still trying to get into the game.

That said, Barnsley right now probably can’t afford to wait for players to build themselves up into form but January could be different as they may have climbed the table.

I do believe they’re too good to go down this season and the right manager will get them going in the right direction so, on the proviso they’ve built a gap to the bottom three by January, Clarke would then be a good signing.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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