Queens Park Rangers have confirmed the signing of 19-year-old forward Jack Clarke from Tottenham Hotspur on loan until the end of the season.
The attacker is the first addition this January for the Hoops, and is likely to be available for this Saturday’s clash against former side Leeds United at Loftus Road.
Speaking to the club website after joining the west London side, Clarke said: “I am delighted and looking forward to getting started.”
“Hopefully I can kick on and help the team.”
The 19-year-old also described his style of play, and made sure the fans knew what to expect of him for the next six months.
“I like to create chances, take people on, I’m very direct with the ball and love running with it,” he added.
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Clarke came through Leeds United’s youth academy, and made his breakthrough last season for the Elland Road club, making a total of 25 appearances before signing for Tottenham Hotspur last summer.
He was loaned back to Leeds for the duration of this season, but his spell was cut short by his parent club after being limited to just three appearances this term.
“I’m really pleased to bring Jack in – he is a talented, young, hungry player with lots of energy and there’s no doubts about his quality,” said QPR boss Mark Warburton.
Clarke will wear the Number 47 shirt at Queens Park Rangers.
This deal has been in the pipeline for the last couple of weeks, after Queens Park Rangers emerged as the favourites to secure Clarke’s signature.
It will be a challenge for the 19-year-old to get in the side at present ahead of Bright Osayi-Samuel and Ebere Eze, but the winger adds a different attacking dimension to Mark Warburton’s side.
Although this transfer was always extremely likely to happen, QPR fans may be wondering why another attacking player has been recruited, as signing a centre-back should have been the main priority due to the side’s poor defensive record.
However, it will be interesting to see how Clarke fares in the white and blue hoops.