This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Leeds United have had a solid start to the season, though two defeats in their last three league outings have dented their progress and seen them drop to fifth in the Championship, two points behind new leaders West Brom.
One player who will not be playing a part for the Whites this season is Spurs loanee Jack Clarke who the Championship side have decided to send back to his parent club, as reported in The Sun.
Clarke has failed to appear in the league so far this season and does not appear to be in manager Marcelo Bielsa’s plans and has been allowed to leave to free-up a space in his squad and also release £10,000 a week from the wage budget.
So are Leeds right to cut Clarke’s loan short and send him back to his parent club?
“I think this is the right move. Clarke was one of the standout players for Leeds last season, but for whatever reason things just haven’t worked out for him since his return to Elland Road.
“There’s no doubt that he’s a talented player, but he clearly isn’t going to get a chance for Leeds this season ahead of the likes of Pablo Hernandez, Helder Costa and Jack Harrison.
“It makes sense for him to leave the club and it’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here.
“It’s very difficult to see him getting much of a chance at Spurs, so I think he’ll probably be sent out on loan elsewhere in January to try to get his season back on track.”
“I think this is the best thing to do.
“To say things haven’t worked for Clarke since his temporary return to Elland Road is probably something of an understatement.
“The winger has struggled for game time throughout – he still hasn’t got on the pitch in a Championship fixture this season – so it makes sense for Leeds to allow him to return to Tottenham in order for him to search for more first-team opportunities, probably on loan, elsewhere.
“That would also be one less for Marcelo Bielsa to worry and potentially face questions about, something he is not going to want an overload when he is trying to focus on getting this team back to the Premier League.”
“I think this would be a wise move for all parties.
“Clarke hasn’t had a chance to make an impact since returning to Elland Road, and would benefit from moving to another club on loan where he will get more game time.
“Spurs will also be looking to provide Clarke with somewhere he can develop his game more progressively.
“Lastly, I believe that Bielsa’s style of play also stifles Clarke’s willingness to think outside the box.”