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It’s been a relatively underwhelming stint at QPR for Spurs loanee Jack Clarke.
The former Leeds winger has only managed to play 76 minutes for the R’s since arriving at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in January.
Clarke, and his parent club Tottenham, are likely to be disappointed with the 20-year-old’s lack of involvement this season.
So with this in mind, are you surprised at just how little Clarke has featured for the R’s?
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I have been to be honest.
He was obviously a star at Leeds last season but it always seemed likely his loan back there wouldn’t be as fruitful given that Marcelo Bielsa likes to use players he thinks are going to be staying around for a while – even his loan signings are made with a view to keeping them quite often.
So that could well have hit Clarke’s confidence and that lack of minutes and sharpness appears to have just left him playing catch up at QPR.
He’s a good young player and I thought under Warburton he would have been given more of a chance but clearly he’s not been ready and, in fairness, the likes of Ebere Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel have been very impressive.
The Hoops will be wanting to keep that pair past the summer, too, so it makes sense that they have had priority over Clarke, I’m just a little shocked how scarcely he’s been used even so.
I have been surprised.
The reason why Spurs called him back from his loan spell with Leeds United is because he wasn’t featuring anywhere near enough for their liking, so a temporary move to QPR made sense originally.
But he simply hasn’t been given enough of an opportunity by Mark Warburton for my liking, and I think he could be a decent player to have in their starting XI going forward.
With QPR looking unlikely that they’ll mount a late challenge for the play-off places, now could be the ideal opportunity to give Clarke a run in the starting XI as they don’t have much to play for this season.
I think having him and Bright Osayi-Samuel on either side of the wings for QPR would be a real threat, as they both offer pace and trickery going forward.
It should be a no-brainer to use Clarke more in the final six games of the season.
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Not really, he’s struggling to find his way a little bit and you’ve got to feel too much expectancy has been placed on him at an early stage of his career.
Clarke’s early days at Leeds were great to watch, but he was playing with a freedom and Marcelo Bielsa wasn’t asking too much of him.
He’s moved to Spurs, then back to Leeds and he’s now at QPR, with 12 months of Clarke’s career wasted. There’s this pressure on him to find those levels he found at Leeds, but it’s hard for him to do that as he’s still finding his feet in the senior game.
His loan spells back in the Championship haven’t been good for him and the next step in his career is going to be an important one.
It’s hard to imagine Spurs putting faith in QPR (or Leeds) to help him next season