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Phil Hay hints that Leeds United exit looking ‘likely’ for January

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It is looking increasingly likely that Jack Clarke will be on his way out of Leeds United in January unless his playing situation changes drastically before the winter window.  

Leeds opted to cash-in on the winger during the summer, with Tottenham swooping to sign the electric teenager following two goals and two assists in his breakthrough year in the Championship.

However, Leeds worked a clause into the deal that allowed Clarke to return to Elland Road on loan for the season, as Marcelo Bielsa plotted another assault on promotion.

Yet, Clarke hasn’t featured in the Championship, with his only starts coming in the League Cup.

And, Phil Hay has indicated that a Tottenham recall is looking likely in January – as per The Athletic’s Q&A (12/09).


Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez have been Bielsa’s wingers of choice so far this season, with Helder Costa the man regularly turned to from the bench.

Clarke also has competition from Ezgjan Alioski, but the Macedonian has featured as a left-back, competing with Barry Douglas, for much of the season.

The 18-year-old is one of six loanees currently at Leeds, which limits his chance of breaking back into the fold, as Leeds are only allowed to field five in any matchday squad.

The Verdict  

Although things can change quickly in football, this looks on the cards and who can blame Spurs?

They will have seen how much Bielsa used Clarke last year and thought ‘Leeds is the best place for him’, but it just isn’t working out as Leeds have an embarrassment of riches on the flanks.

Spurs want to protect their asset, and this spell at Leeds can’t be doing Clarke any favours.

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