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Nottingham Forest are said to be still retaining an interest in signing Jack Clarke from Tottenham.
Clarke’s move from Leeds United to Tottenham in 2019 hasn’t worked out, with first-team minutes hard to come by.
A loan back to Elland Road didn’t help aid his progress, whilst spells with Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City saw the winger fail to recapture the form that saw him burst onto the scene in West Yorkshire.
Nevertheless, The Athletic report that Forest still retain an interest in the 20-year-old.
Our writers discuss that interest and any possible move:
The boy is talented. There’s no doubt about that whatsoever.
But his move to Tottenham Hotspur seems to have stalled his career and, with Leeds United now joining Spurs in the Premier League, you have to wonder what could have been had Clarke stayed with Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
His lack of progress since his move from Elland Road is exactly why he’s being linked with a move back to the Championship. You could even say he’s lucky Nottingham Forest are interested in him after making little impact in his 20 appearances for QPR and Stoke City.
Perhaps this is a little harsh considering he hasn’t managed to get a good run of games and almost got into his stride before a dreaded ankle injury ended his season.
But what he needs now is a full season to make his mark in the Championship.
Will this deal be mutually beneficial for Forest, though?
With Sammy Ameobi leaving the club for free this summer, it could well be if a cheap loan can be negotiated with Tottenham for his services.
Ameobi made five goal contributions in 32 appearances last season; not a spectacular total and that could take pressure off Clarke if he joins up with Chris Hughton’s side and is seen as his replacement.
It’s now or never for Clarke, though, and with a major point to prove, it could be a signing that turns out to be a masterstroke.
I think that this would be a solid, but unspectacular deal.
Jack Clarke is certainly a high-potential player after coming through the ranks with Leeds United but since moving to Tottenham Hotspur he’s stagnated.
Loan spell with QPR and Stoke City in the last two years have been mixed at best for the 20-year-old and so Forest surely won’t be expecting him to set the world alight.
Maybe I’m being harsh, but based on these spells I think that Forest could do better.
Given the potential that Clarke has I’d love him to really settle at the City Ground and really show his quality, but based on the last two seasons, I think that this will be a big ask for the player.
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Well it’s worth a look but each time I see such a rumour I just wonder how good it’s going to be for him.
Since leaving Leeds United permanently for Spurs he’s not really been the same player.
It’s a little harsh to say that, perhaps, as he is so young still and dips are only natural at this stage of his career but each move that comes about you just have the hope rather than the expectation that it’s going to work out for him.
Of course, he has bags of talent and potential and the right move could be good for him, so Chris Hughton will feel as though it’s worth a punt, especially as he has worked wonders with other players in Clarke’s position and really got them back on track.
I just think there will be a natural ‘jury’s out’ feel to this one if it happens, and Forest will just be hoping that they’re going to be the ones that help him rediscover some rhythm.