Danny Mills has claimed there is no chance that Jack Clarke will be in the first-team at Tottenham Hotspur next season, ahead of his multi-million pound move from Leeds United.
The 18-year-old scored two goals in 25 appearances for Leeds last season and established himself as one of the brightest young talents in the Championship.
Clarke only made four Championship starts for Leeds last season, but he was still able to establish himself as a key player for the Whites.
Former Leeds defender Mills believes that it is the wrong decision for Clarke to join Spurs and does not believe he will get a chance in the first-team next season.
“I actually think it’s the wrong move, is he going to be in the Tottenham team next season? No chance,” Mills told Sky Sports.
“He’s too young, he is going to be nowhere near the first team, there’s a lot of potential there, but at this stage it is very very raw and it is purely potential.
“Next season he might’ve had 15-20 starts and had the opportunity to impress, he now goes to Tottenham and at best he’s going to be in the U23 squad.
“Playing games week in week out is what he needs to do, I think this could actually send his career a bit backwards because he is not going to play football.”
I actually agree with Mills here. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think Clarke is going to get much of a chance in the first-team at Spurs next season.
Clarke is a very talented footballer and he’s shown during just one season at Leeds that he’s got the potential to become a top player, but it’s so important for him to be playing regular first-team football at this stage of his career.
I’m not convinced that moving to Spurs is the best thing for his development and as Mills points out, he probably would have got a proper chance to make an impact for the first-team at Leeds next season.
If he does get a chance for Spurs, he will be expected to perform week in, week out and it will be interesting to see if he can handle the pressure.