Darren Bent has admitted that he would have loved to have played alongside Leeds United winger Jack Clarke during his playing career.
Clarke scored two goals in 25 appearances for Leeds last season and established himself as one of the brightest young talents in the Championship in his breakthrough season at Elland Road.
Former Spurs striker Bent is a big admirer of Clarke and admitted that he would have loved to have played alongside the winger during his playing career.
“Yeah, a creative winger,” Bent told Football Insider, when asked if Clarke is the type of player he would have loved to have played with.
“A lot of the modern day wingers now are shoot first, supply second and I hate that [laughs]. As a centre forward, I can’t stand that!
“Whereas you look at when I was growing up, in my day wide men would create goals first for your centre forward and then if there’s an opportunity to shoot, then you go and get yourself goals.
“It’s completely changed around now though. For me, I do like him because he does look to create first and then get himself a goal.”
Bent has backed Clarke to be a future success for Spurs and believes he has made the right decision in choosing to join Tottenham.
“For me, he’s at the perfect club [in Tottenham] that are going to be patient with him first and foremost, he’s signed a long-term deal – it’s the exact same as when I was there, I signed five plus one – give him two years to develop, play at Leeds another season then slowly integrate him into the Spurs squad but as I said, what a move for him.
“I’d say he’s an old school winger with modern flair. He can go past people, good with either feet, quick, quite tricky on the ball, quite elusive and as I said, likes to supply first so I really like him.”
Clarke is an exciting young player and I’m sure most former strikers like Bent would have loved to have played alongside him.
The winger showed during one season at Elland Road that he could have a big future ahead of him in football and he could be a great signing for Spurs.
I actually think it’s a smart decision for Spurs to loan him back to Leeds for another season. He could really benefit from another year in the Championship and he will probably get a lot more opportunities to start matches for Leeds next season.
This will mean that he is a far better player when he does eventually get his chance in the first team at Spurs.