Stoke City are reportedly keen to re-sign Jack Clarke on loan from Tottenham Hotspur for the 2021/22 season according to Football Insider, although that depends on Spurs’ future plans for the winger.
Clarke signed for Stoke on loan in the January transfer window, after struggling for a consistent run in the Spurs senior team under the management of Jose Mourinho.
So the Premier League club sent him out on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 league campaign, as they looked to find him regular minutes in senior football.
Clarke did just that, and went on to make 14 appearances for Stoke City in the Championship, although they have struggled to push forward in their pursuit of a top-six finish in the second-tier.
But his loan spell has been cut short, with the winger recently confirming that he has returned to Tottenham Hotspur after picking up an injury that will rule him out of action for the remainder of this year’s campaign.
Clarke missed Stoke City’s matches against Bristol City and Millwall recently, which hinted that he picked up an injury earlier this month.
But the club are clearly impressed with what they saw from Clarke in his brief spell at the bet365 Stadium, as they’re reportedly keen on signing him once again ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Stoke City are set to return to action this weekend, when they take on relegation-threatened Birmingham City, who have shown much-needed improvement in recent weeks under the management of Lee Bowyer.
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I think this would be a good move for all parties involved.
We saw glimpses of Clarke’s quality whilst on loan with Stoke City this term, but I don’t think we quite saw the best of him, as he wasn’t a regular in the starting XI for the Potters.
His loan spell was cut short in frustrating circumstances though through injury, and you would imagine that he’ll feel as though he has unfinished business with the club.
I can’t see him forcing his way into the Spurs first-team next season, so a temporary return to Stoke City could prove to be the ideal move for all parties involved.