Former Queens Park Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has suggested that he is surprised to see Jack Clarke has arrived at Loftus Road on loan from Tottenham.
Clarke struggled to get any real regular game time during a loan spell at Leeds United during the first half of the campaign, with the attacker limited to just one single appearance for the Whites, due to the form of some of their other attacking options, as they looked to cement themselves as promotion challengers.
The 19-year-old has subsequently made the move to QPR, with Tottenham wanting Clarke to go out and secure more regular game time during the rest of the campaign – and the winger came on for his debut in the Rs’ 1-0 win against Leeds on Saturday.
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Speaking to Sky Sports (18/1, 12:06) in their pre-match build up ahead of QPR’s clash against Leeds, Hasselbaink suggested that he feels Clarke might have been better off moving to a club who are challenging more closely for promotion.
“I’m surprised he’s here at QPR. He’s a Tottenham player last year he played for promotion, and coming to QPR he’s not going to be playing for promotion this year.
“If he wants to keep on progressing he needs to be playing high pressurised games to be able to go back to Tottenham and be part of that Tottenham pack.”
These are interesting comments from Hasselbaink, with Clarke having already struggled to force his way into a Leeds side that has been fighting it out for promotion at the top of the league this season, which suggests he might have also potentially struggled at another team fighting it out at the top of the league.
Tottenham would have been reluctant to send him out on loan somewhere else where he could have struggled to get in the team, so a move to QPR seems like a suitable alternative, with the Rs not completely out of the race to secure a play-off place this term, as they showed with their win against Leeds.
It will be vital during the rest of the season that Clarke gets the regular minutes he needs to re-find his form and start to make progress again, and the winger could well be suited to the way in which Warburton sets his side up if he can force his way into the side.