Clarke Close but Deal has a Twist
The race is on to see who will be Spurs next new signing with Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele facing some stiff competition from Jack Clarke of Leeds United. At least that’s something of a dream scenario for Spurs fans as we start another week of gossip and conjecture.
Hopefully, as we start to head towards the weekend, there will be some confirmed news of our first new transfer into the club since January 2018. The press seem to think that the Clarke deal is the most likely to get over the line first but all may not be as it seems.
Hello and Goodbye
The latest line on the Jack Clarke link suggests that Spurs will complete a signing before arranging at immediate loan deal back to Leeds United. The initial fee will be in the region of £8.5 million but the 18 year old will then return to Elland Road to enjoy more game time.
The loan aspect of the transfer may appease former Leeds defender Danny Mills who has suggested that Clarke to Spurs is the wrong move for the player.
You have to say that if a player is that good at 18-19 years old, whoever you are, you have had more starts for a Championship side.
Mills told Sky Sports.
You’re coming off the bench and it’s easier to pick up the ball and run at people why has Bielsa said ‘you are not worthy of more starts?
I actually think it’s the wrong move: Is he going to be in the Tottenham team next season? No Chance.
Whatever you may think of Danny Mills as a pundit, he may just have a point here. Clarke is being talked up in a lot of places but he only started four league games for Leeds last season. There were plenty of opportunities from the subs bench however as the winger made 25 appearances in total.
During that time, Clarke scored two goals and claimed two further assists.
Happy Hunting Ground
Spurs scouts are no strangers to Elland Road and have made some positive youth signings in the past. Danny Rose and Aaron Lennon have made significant contributions to the club and clearly Tottenham have seen something they like in Jack Clarke.
He’s one for the future whatever happens but if there is substance to this story, should Clarke slot straight in to the Spurs squad or is that suggestion of a loan back to Leeds the more sensible option?