Winger Jack Clarke completed his move from Leeds United to Tottenham on Tuesday, in a deal which sees him sign on at the Premier League club until 2023.
The 18-year-old has been loaned back to Marcelo Bielsa’s side for the upcoming 2019/20 Championship campaign, and he’ll be hoping to go one better as the Whites narrowly missed out on promotion last season.
Clarke made just five starts for Bielsa’s team last season, recording a further 20 appearances off of the bench, and it was his lively, game-changing impact appearances that have seemingly caught Mauricio Pochettino’s eye.
Of course, this move is a gamble for Clarke as joining an elite club like Tottenham means competition for a starting berth is at a premium, and it may take a season or two for him to embed into the first-team there.
Football League World’s Chief Editor Sam Rourke exclusively caught up with former pro and current Sky Sports pundit David Prutton to chat about the deal, and Prutton thinks it’s a move that Clarke simply couldn’t say no to.
Prutton said: “I think for Jack and his family it’s an amazing move both professionally and financially, which you can’t ignore, especially in today’s market.
“They’ve punted on potential which any young player is with a handful of games under his belt.
“He’s an exciting player who can light up a game but, and this cannot be taken lightly, the even harder work begins now. It’s a shot in a million to become a professional footballer, to be a very good one in the best and most unforgiving league in world football is even tougher.
“The drive, desire, commitment and passion are tested in these young men when they’re at their most malleable and he has Bielsa to guide him, along with Poch’s hopes for his future.
With Leeds United retaining the winger’s services for next season, Prutton feels there could be more to come from Clarke as, saying: “Leeds could see the best yet of him this season if he forgets that circus and cracks on with what he’s done well so far, play football.
“It’s the right move because football is about the here and now, more so then ever. And if a Champions League finalist knocks on your door, you better answer!”