Former Leeds United and England defender Danny Mills has spoken of the pending sale of Jack Clarke, and hinted that he thinks Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa was happy to see him leave.
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills was adamant that Bielsa will have assessed Clarke’s fit within the squad, and after seeing the winger not take on the new terms offered by the Whites following his breakout season, the former Leeds right-back insisted Bielsa knows what he is doing.
“Marcelo Bielsa will have looked at it, I don’t think Leeds offered him a huge improvement on his current contract so therefore it looks like Bielsa was happy to allow him to leave. Yes there’s a lot of potential there but Leeds are in that predicament where they have to balance the books.” Mills said.
“Bielsa and the club have decided that however good Jack Clarke might be, he started four games last season.”
Clarke looks all set to complete a move to Spurs in the coming days with everything all but sorted in terms of a fee and personal terms, and the teenager will no doubt be hoping to go on and make a big impression under Mauricio Pochettino in the Premier League.
The youngster burst onto the scene with some excellent performances off the bench in the main, but his form and age was always going to attract admiring glances, with it proving the case with his move to Spurs set to be sealed.
Leeds on the other hand look to have moved quickly to replace Clarke, with Jack Harrison set to return from Man City, and Helder Costa set to sign a loan deal at Elland Road from Wolves.
Mills does have a point here in his comments. It definitely is hard to see the club selling Clarke without Bielsa’s approval.
Clarke is of course a superb talent but then again, Leeds might just use him off the bench again, and can use the money this season to bring in more quality to an already good squad.
The youngster will no doubt go on to have a fine career in the top flight, but it doesn’t mean that Leeds will have made the wrong decision, it’s just a case of the time being right for club and player.