Football League World’s Leeds United fan pundit James Allan says he understands the club’s decision to sell Jack Clarke to Tottenham Hotspur but feels his side could have held out for more.
Football Insider revealed on Wednesday that a fee of around £8.5million had been agreed for the transfer of the 18-year-old, a fee which many felt was far too low, although Allan can see the benefits.
“Clarke is being sold this window in order to provide cash for the quality we need to add,” the regular punter told Football League World.
“The money we get from Clarke could be used to add more to the team in various areas, than we would have if we did not sell.
“Albeit, I think I speak for most Leeds United fans when saying we could have held out for more money. But for someone who has played a handful of games it is hard to command £15million.”
Clarke burst onto the scene under Marcelo Bielsa last season, making 22 appearances in the Championship, scoring twice and assisting two more along the way.
He made a name for himself with his direct attacking style and it became clear for a while that Leeds would have a fight on their hands to keep hold of him.
But what about other potential outgoings? Kalvin Phillips was one of the club’s star men last season but the midfielder has already been linked with a £14million move to Aston Villa.
However, Allan does not feel the sale of Clarke will have an impact on the fan-dubbed ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’s’ state of mind.
“If Radrizzani is serious about promotion next year then this should be our only notable player sale to help raise funds,” he said.
“Losing Kalvin Phillips would have a very different feel to it for numerous reasons.
“He arguably has the greatest impact of any player within our side and I personally think if he was to be sold then our season would have suffered a monumental hit before it even starts.
“I would like to think that Phillips is going nowhere, especially given that we have reportedly put a £30m price tag on him and I don’t think anyone would pay it. To me, it looks as if Phillips is staying for at least one more year.”