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Former Leeds United winger Jack Clarke is set to join QPR on loan until the end of the season and looks set to face the Whites on Saturday on his debut.
Breaking through into the first-team last Autumn, Jack Clarke announced himself to the Leeds United faithful as a second-half substitute against Brentford and immediately made a positive impact, putting their defence on the back foot for just over 20 minutes.
Following this, Clarke’s influence continued to rise for the first-team, coming on as a substitute in multiple games in the festive period and scoring his first senior goal in the 3-2 thriller away to Aston Villa.
Clarke made his long-awaited first start for the senior side in January when Leeds faced Derby County in a match embroiled by the ‘Spygate’ controversy. The youngster starred on the right-wing, providing an assist for the first before essentially teeing up the second in their 2-0 win.
His influence never really hit the heights after this following his shock collapse away to Middlesbrough in February. However, everyone at Leeds knew what he was capable of and were keen to see him come back in the summer fresh and ready for a full season as a first-team player.
Champions League runners-up Tottenham Hotspur swooped for the winger and made him their first signing in some time, much to the surprise of many Whites fans who thought he wasn’t ready for such a prestigious move just yet. He was, however, immediately loaned back to Elland Road to continue his development under Marcelo Bielsa.
The season hasn’t really gone to plan for the 19-year-old, having made just one league appearance, coming on against Luton Town in the second half and making little impact on the game.
There hasn’t been much clamour from the stands to see him thrust into the lineup week in, week out like there was last season. It appears as though the fans knew that maybe his early form could have been a symptom of being somewhat ‘unknown’ and maverick in his attacking play, but once opposition players got to grips with it, his effectiveness fell off a cliff.
It came as no surprise to anyone at Leeds to see Spurs recall him and look to loan him elsewhere. He looks set to join QPR – as per The Athletic – this week and would be in line to face Leeds at the weekend at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
Most Leeds fans will be preparing for the worst if this move materialises before Saturday, knowing how many former players have tormented the Whites throughout the years. Given the treatment of Clarke, many of the Elland Road faithful will be alluding to Murphy’s Law where ‘anything that can go wrong, does go wrong’.
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Leeds have a woeful record in London and not many fans feel confident of getting a result down there and given their current run of form, this record could be extended.
There isn’t much optimism of a positive result for the Whites after recent weeks (despite the urgency to turn it around), and Clarke’s deal just adds to the tension surrounding this game that he could be the next player in the long list to score against Leeds after playing for them.
The Whites have potentially bigger fish to fry than worrying about a former player on Saturday with the threat of Eberechi Eze, long-time foe Nakhi Wells, and Jordan Hugill among others, but adding Clarke to the mix has all the hallmarks of coming back to haunt Leeds after failing to utilise such a raw talent for the last five or so months.