Clarke had spent the first-half of the 2020/21 season with his parent-club, where he has had a handful of cameo appearances in the Europa League and the FA Cup.
However, Spurs have opted to send Clarke out on loan for his third Championship loan spell since he signed for the club for £10m from Leeds United.
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Clarke, of course, broke through at Leeds after progressing through their academy, before returning on loan after signing for Spurs.
There, he was a teammate of Shackleton.
The midfielder is currently part of the first team at Leeds in the Premier League, but has taken time out on Twitter to congratulate Clarke on his loan move to Stoke recently:
Go rip it up my man 💙
— Jamie Shackleton (@jamieshackk) January 14, 2021
The task lying at Clarke’s door is to replicate the form he was showing two years ago at Leeds, where he scored two goals and registered two assists over the festive period.
His loan spell at Elland Road last season brought only 19 minutes of league football, whilst a move to Queens Park Rangers was also a massive disappointment for the winger.
Shackleton and Clarke followed a similar progression path at Leeds.
They were in-and-around the starting XI in Marcelo Bielsa’s early months as head coach and are now senior players at a good level of football.
Their relationship will not be impacted by playing at separate clubs, with Shackleton sure to want Clarke to do well.
All eyes on the 20-year-old’s loan spell, then.
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