‘We were delighted’: manager issues glowing report on ‘very talented’ Spurs forward on loan

Tottenham Hotspur lender Jack Clarke is currently on loan at Spurs and is progressing well.

The 20-year-old joined Tottenham in the summer of 2019 for £ 10million after shining at Leeds.

He returned to Elland Road on loan, but that passage was cut short due to a lack of playing time.

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Clarke then joined the Queens Park Rangers early last year, but struggled for playing time again, making just seven appearances, six of them off the bench.

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The youngster remained at Tottenham through the first half of the 2020-21 season as Jose Mourinho wanted him to develop under his tutelage.

In January he moved to Stoke City and so far he has made 10 league appearances, four of which have been starts, and recorded one assist.

“Jack is a young player who we brought to the club and he’s been involved in every game basically,” Potters boss Michael O’Neill told Stoke Sentry.

He came out of the squad after Norwich and the squad won the next two games so he had to be patient. He came in both of those games off the bench.

“On Saturday we changed the system so it was tactical.

“We are happy with Jack’s contribution. There are areas where he still needs to improve, but he is a very talented young player.

“In terms of loan, he played more minutes than in previous loans, so he’s still adjusting a bit.

“But he’s a young player that we’re looking at by the end of the season to have an impact because you’d like to think that was a situation we could revisit next year in the longer term.

“Jack just has to be patient and when he gets the chance make sure he does enough to stay on the squad or force me to start him in the next game.”

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Clarke looked superb for Leeds during his time on their books, which prompted Spurs to sign him, and after a few setbacks in his first season in North London, he’s now off to a good start.

The fact that O’Neill suggests he wants to take him back for next season shows how well he is doing, and Mourinho will be delighted with his continued development in Staffordshire.

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