Trialist Rayan Clarke scored for Sunderland Under-23’s this afternoon as the club look to run the rule over the player.
Clarke is currently a free-agent after leaving Tottenham Hotspur, scoring seven goals and chipping in with seven assists in 32 games for Spurs Under-18’s.
The 19-year-old featured for Sunderland’s Under-23 side this afternoon, though, as the Black Cats fell to a 4-3 defeat against Crystal Palace.
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Clarke came on the final 30 minutes, replacing senior winger Aiden McGeady who has fallen out of favour at the Stadium of Light.
Clarke converted from close-range inside the penalty area, but Elliot Dickman’s side fell to a defeat to the Eagles.
It remains to be seen whether Clarke earns himself a permanent deal on Wearside, but if he did join, he’d be another exciting addition at the Academy of Light.
If Clarke keeps producing those type of performances and keeps on scoring for the Black Cats, then it would be hard for the club not to give him a deal.
He’s clearly got decent pedigree having come through the ranks at Spurs, and he should enjoy playing for a big club like Sunderland where first-team opportunities aren’t too far away.
He’s still young, so with the right coaching and development, he could be a key player in the future.