Leeds United continued their march towards the Premier League last night with a comprehensive win over Derby County.
The Whites saw off the Rams amid controversy surrounding spying at Derby’s training ground, and delivered a performance which showed just why they sit atop the Championship table.
One of the key men last night for Leeds was young midfielder Jack Clarke, who delivered a fine display down the right hand side after being handed his place in the first XI from manager Marcelo Bielsa.
And Clarke, who is still only 18, drew plenty of praise following the game, including that of former England striker Gary Lineker, who took to Twitter to voice his impressions of the youngster.
Not the first Clarke to strut his stuff at Elland Road, but Jack Clarke looks a player. Another talented young English footballer born in 2000.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 11, 2019
Stuff like this from players held in such high esteem will be a massive boost to the confidence of young Clarke, and he will no doubt be hoping to kick on and continue to impress in the coming weeks.
Clarke had a hand in both Leeds goals as first he laid one on a plate for Kemar Roofe to smash high into the roof of the net, before his cross-come-shot forced Rams keeper Scott Carson to flap, allowing Jack Harrison to eventually tap home.
Things like this are always nice to read and Clarke will be delighted at impressing such a legend.
Lineker is known for being methodical in his opinions and thought process, so the fact he’s taken time out to praise Clarke shows he must have really impressed.