Speculation linking Leeds United winger, Jack Clarke with a summer switch to Tottenham Hotspur doesn’t seem to be cooling anytime soon.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds are braced for bids from Spurs for their teenage talent, who has been impressive in his breakthrough season under Marcelo Bielsa.
It seems as though it’s only going to be a matter of time before he moves to the Premier League, and he’ll be hoping to follow in the footsteps of a former Football League talent in Dele Alli.
Alli burst onto the scene for MK Dons, which led to Spurs signing him back in 2015 and it’s safe to say that the midfielder has never looked back.
He’s now a regular for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as well as the England national team, so it’s certainly going to be a tempting opportunity for Clarke over the summer.
But could Clarke emulate the success by Alli at Spurs?
“I see no reason why he can’t eventually reach a similar level to Alli.
“If he does go to Spurs, I don’t think he will have an immediate impact like Alli did, but over time I think he will get there.
“As a young player, there are not too many better managers to learn from in the world than Mauricio Pochettino in my opinion so I would back Clarke to thrive.”
“I think that would be very difficult, so it is important that Sputs don’t have unrealistic expectations of Clarke who would be arriving for a much higher fee than Alli.
“Alli made a remarkably quick and impressive impact at Spurs, and this is so rarely the case for teenagers making the move from lower leagues into the top-flight.
“Clarke’s form was also not great towards the end of last season, but nevertheless, I think Mauricio Pochettino’s guidance could still help Clarke’s development.”
“I don’t see why not.
“Clarke has followed a similar career path to Alli, in that he has broken to his side’s first-team at a young age, and has shown the same sort of potential that Spurs evidently believe Clarke has.
“There many be encouragement in the fact that Clarke has broken into a team currently at a higher level than the MK Dons side that Alli broke into some years ago.”