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Opinion: Luton Town must steer clear of reaching transfer agreement with Tottenham in January

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After guiding Luton Town to a 12th-place finish in the Championship earlier this year, it was always going to be intriguing to see whether Nathan Jones would be able to help the club reach new heights during the opening stages of the current campaign.

The Hatters manager decided to bolster his squad in the summer transfer window by signing the likes of Amari’i Bell, Henri Lansbury and Fred Onyedinma.

This particular trio have all managed to showcase their talent for Luton by featuring in the second-tier on a regular basis.

Whilst the Hatters have struggled with their consistency at times this season, they are currently only two points adrift of the play-off places.

With the transfer window set to open again in January, it will be intriguing to see whether Jones opts to draft in some fresh faces as Luton look to emerge as contenders for a top-six finish.

One of the individuals who has recently been linked with a switch to Kenilworth Road is Jack Clarke.

According to TEAMtalk, Luton are believed to be interested in signing the Tottenham Hotspur winger whilst fellow Championship sides Derby County and Barnsley are also keeping tabs on the 20-year-old.

Signed on a permanent deal by Spurs in 2019, Clarke has yet to make an appearance for the club in the Premier League.

Utilised almost exclusively at Under-23 level this season, Clarke has managed to provide five assists for his team-mates in the Premier League 2 Division 1.

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Currently behind the likes of Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn in the pecking order at Tottenham, the winger may need to secure a temporary move away from the club in order to prevent his career from stalling.

Luton ought to steer clear of signing Clarke as he has failed to impress at this level in his recent loan spells with Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City.

In the six appearances that he made for the Hoops in the 2019/20 campaign, the winger was unable to register a goal or an assist at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Clarke’s struggles continued last season as he only provided two direct goal contributions during his time at Stoke despite making 14 appearances for the club.

When you consider that Clarke was only able to record an underwhelming average WhoScored match rating of 6.38 in the Championship for the Potters, there is no guarantee that he will be able to step up to the mark if he joins Luton.

Furthermore, when you consider that Onyedinma and Harry Cornick have provided a combined total of 14 direct goal contributions for the Hatters this season, Clarke could find it difficult to displace this duo in Luton’s starting eleven.

The former Leeds United man may find it more beneficial to move to a team in a lower division who will be able to guarantee him game-time at senior level instead of sealing a switch to a Championship side next year.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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