Paul Robinson has insisted that Jack Clarke is ready to try himself out on loan in the Premier League next season, if he isn’t involved in the Tottenham Hotspur first-team.
The winger joined Spurs from Leeds United in the summer, and was immediately sent back out on loan to Elland Road on a season-long loan deal.
But after making only one appearance in the Championship, Clarke was recalled by Spurs, making the switch to West London side QPR where he has since featured only four times in the league.
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It remains to be seen whether QPR look to sign Clarke on another loan deal next term, with the task of breaking into the Spurs team ahead of Lucas Moura, Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son lying in front of him.
After a stuttering season in the Championship, though, former Leeds shot-stopper Paul Robinson has insisted that Clarke is ready to test himself in the top-flight if he isn’t involved under Jose Mourinho.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Next year is a fresh start for him. It didn’t work out at Leeds and he did not hit the ground running at QPR either.
“Jack needs to be in and around the first team if he is going to stay at Spurs. He has got his experience at Leeds and QPR and it is a conversation between player, manager and club now as to what is best for his development.
“I think he needs to be in and around the first team or get some more game time where he can be guaranteed minutes. He would demand a Premier League loan.”
Clarke has recently been linked with a move to Celtic, as per Football Insider, so whether a move to Parkhead awaits the youngster remains to be seen.
QPR will be looking to finish their season on a high with a top-six finish still on the cards somewhat – Mark Warburton’s side sit only six points off the play-offs with nine games left to play.
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Since returning to Leeds, Clarke’s mentality seems to have shifted, and the fact he hasn’t started a single game in the Championship this season suggests he isn’t ready for a Premier League move just yet.
A move to Celtic could be a good one for him – his mentality could really improve in a team who wins games and trophies like Celtic.