Nottingham Forest remain keen to do a deal for Tottenham Hotspur winger Jack Clarke this summer, according to The Athletic.
The Reds’ interest in the 20-year-old first became apparent towards the end of the 2020-21 campaign, and at that time Clarke was on loan at Forest’s Championship rivals Stoke City.
Clarke played 14 times for the Potters without scoring but his spell was cut short in early April after picking up an ankle injury, but now he will be looking to spend a whole season at a club and get some much-needed minutes under his belt.
The youngster hasn’t had a good time of things since swapping Leeds United for Spurs in 2019 – he’s yet to make a Premier League appearance for the London club and his loan spells back at Leeds, then QPR and Stoke have proved to be largely fruitless.
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But it seems as though Chris Hughton is keen to give him a chance, and the wings are an area that Forest definitely need to strengthen in after releasing Sammy Ameobi and Anthony Knockaert returning to Fulham following his loan spell at the City Ground last season.
The world was seemingly at Clarke’s feet as a teenager at Leeds when he burst onto the scene, but there’s a lingering sense that the move to Spurs may have come too quick for him.
Unlike other youngsters who move to the Premier League, Clarke wasn’t given an immediate chance in the senior setup at Tottenham and that will no doubt have hindered his development as a player.
It’s important to remember though that Clarke is still only 20 and he has so much time to grow and learn, and maybe the City Ground can be the place where he finally flourishes.
Whatever the case, Clarke definitely needs this next loan spell to be one where he is a regular player unless he could be one young talent that falls by the wayside after so much was expected of him.