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Exclusive: Danny Higginbotham issues message on Leeds’ Jack Clarke amid transfer speculation

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Jack Clarke is a player that is going to be attracting a lot of transfer interest in the future, and he has recently been linked to a number of Premier League sides. 

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, it was Crystal Palace that made the first official move for the youngster, but they were knocked back in their approach for the in-form winger.

Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham has weighed in with his verdict on the rumours linking Clarke with a move away from Elland Road this month.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with FLW, Higginbotham was full of praise for Clarke: “He’s had to be patient for first-team opportunities, and he’s been more of an impact player for Leeds this season.

“I thought he was exceptional against Derby and I gave him man-of-the-match. He’s definitely in the best place at Leeds, there’s no doubt about it.”

The pundit also felt that working under Marcelo Bielsa should certainly be a factor in staying with the Whites, as he has already shown he can get the best out of the promising youngster:

“English football in general is littered with players that move too soon in their careers, and I believe that he’s in a great place right now as he’s working under a wonderful manager.

“He’s playing for a team that have been very successful. If I were him, I’d be in no rush to move whatsoever.”

Higginbotham admitted that a move to Crystal Palace could make or break his career, and is fearful that Clarke’s development could take a hit if he doesn’t get regular playing time.

“He’s definitely in the right place at the moment where he’s going to be playing week in, week out,” he continued.

“If he goes to Crystal Palace and they want him to develop with the under 23s side or send him back out on loan, his progress will take a hit.”

The former Manchester United defender feels that the 18-year-old would benefit from learning from experienced players in the Leeds squad, which he is already showing promising signs from: “He’s only just hit the spotlight and so I’d be wanting to cement my place in the Leeds United team and get experience alongside the more experienced members of their squad and a world renown manager.

“I wouldn’t be in any rush to move.”

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