This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Nottingham Forest are considering a move for Jack Clarke this summer, according to reports from The Athletic.
The Tottenham Hotspur winger has endured a frustrating time since moving to North London with first team opportunities proving hard to come by.
Despite impressing on loan with Stoke City this term, the 20-year-old had his campaign cut short by injury which means that he may look towards another loan switch in the Championship next term.
But would Jack Clarke be a good signing for Nottingham Forest?
The team at FLW have their say…
If Forest opt to make their move to sign Clarke, it’s a risk.
I say that not because he’s not a talented player, but because it’s been so hard for him to find his most consistent levels since leaving Leeds for Tottenham.
Marcelo Bielsa could inspire him when he returned on loan, then QPR and Stoke City have both struggled to get him going.
We’ve seen flashes of what he can do and how positive he can be for Stoke, but it isn’t enough to convince me that he can go into that Forest squad and deliver the required levels.
It’s a shame we are sat here debating that too, because Clarke is a talent and when he was in full flight at Elland Road, he was a joy to watch.
I’d love for him to make me eat my words.
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I think this is a move that would suit Forest.
They’ve lacked that cutting edge going forwards this season, and Clarke could be the player to provide them with that next term.
His spell with Stoke City reached a frustrating conclusion due to injury, and he’ll be eager to make a name for himself at the earliest of opportunities.
We’ve seen glimpses of his quality whilst with the likes of Leeds United in the past, and he’ll be hoping he can make a good impression in senior football, as he looks to force his way into the Spurs team in the future.
If Forest can guarantee Clarke regular minutes, then I think this would be the ideal move for all parties involved.
I think the jury would have to be out until we see him play a few games for Forest, to be honest.
Clarke was a real joy to watch at Leeds United but I think it’s safe to say he went too early to Spurs and that has stalled his career a little bit.
He’s still very young and can of course still hit the heights expected of him but I do think he needs a move that will get him playing regularly pretty soon now.
If Forest can assure him of that then it’s worth a go for sure but he needs time and patience to build moment and I remain to be convinced as to whether Forest are going to be giving him that when they need to be a top six side next year.
I’d perhaps say a side where expectations are a little lower and he has more room to breathe and get playing more would be better for him.