Danny Mills has told Football Insider that Leeds have made the right move by bringing Jack Clarke back to the club on loan.
The former Leeds player had previously been left disappointed that the club decided to sell their star youngster for such a low fee, but believes getting him back on loan has softened the blow.
Clarke signed for Spurs for a fee believed to be £9m, which could rise to £12m with add-ons. Mills still believes that fee could be made to look far too low if the winger has an impressive season.
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills said: “A loan back makes so much more sense. It now becomes a decent deal for everybody involved. Tottenham did that with success with Dele Alli, Jack Clarke has secured his future and Leeds get him for another season.
“However, if he has an outstanding season, it might seem a bit cheap at the end of it. If he plays 30 games and lives up to his potential, you start thinking, ‘hang on a minute, £8-9million is not that much’.”
Mills could be right, Clarke impressed last season despite his youth, he provided a key threat from the bench and his pace and direct style caused problems for numerous Championship defences.
Leeds recently announced the signing of Jack Harrison, and are believed to be after Wolves’ Helder Costa too, meaning Clarke could once again find himself on the bench more often than not, having made just four starts last season.
This is the logical step to make for all parties involved, as Mills suggests. Clarke should see his game time increase next year at Leeds and if he makes an impact early on he could find himself in the starting line-up on a regular basis, depending on which additions come into the club.
Clarke progressed a lot last season and that was no doubt due to Bielsa. If he continues to feature in an attacking, positive team then that should help him a lot, both in terms of his ability and his mentality.