QPR manager Mark Warburton has defended the decision to sign Tottenham Hotspur winger Jack Clarke on loan until the end of the season.
Clarke has joined an attack where competition for places is hot, as he will have to battle with Eberechi Eze, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Ilias Chair for a starting place at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
The 19-year-old was announced as a QPR player this afternoon, and Warburton quickly defended his new signing as he chose to strengthen his attack instead of defence.
Speaking to the club website, the former Rangers boss said: “Right now we have Ilias Chair, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Ebere Eze doing exceptionally well for us but with injuries, suspensions, form, you need to have options.
“Jack provides that. He can play on the left, on the right, or in the centre so we are delighted to have him. Hopefully the fans will see the quality that he has.”
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Clarke progressed through the youth academy at Leeds United, and upon Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment at Elland Road, the teenager was fast-tracked into the Whites first-team where he made 25 appearances during his maiden season and scored two goals.
His performances for Leeds attracted the attention of Tottenham Hotspur, who signed the youngster last summer before loaning him straight back to Elland Road.
However, his second spell at his boyhood club wasn’t as successful, playing just three games during the current season before being recalled by Tottenham.
Warburton is right to defend his decision to sign Clarke, as the versatile winger will provide the Hoops with another dimension to their attack and provide cover if any injuries or suspensions are picked up.
The temporary signing of the teenager looks to be an astute one as the pressure won’t be on the youngster and as he isn’t expected to start, he can play with freedom when he does get his chance.