Jack Clarke was the talk of the English football when he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur from Leeds United for £10million back in 2019, despite the youngster having just one senior campaign under his belt at the west Yorkshire side.
Spurs surprised everyone by paying a hefty amount for the youngster and it was a gamble which is yet to have paid off.
The youngster struggled in the 2019/20 season during his time on two separate loan deals, while the first half of this campaign he was kept around the first-team squad for training.
The 20-year-old winger has made just three senior appearances so far for Spurs. However, the north London club still wanted to keep hold of the former Leeds man and decided in January to send him out on another loan to help his development.
Clarke was sent to a loan with Championship club Stoke City, who are at 10th in the table. But he hasn’t been performing well since their star man Tyrese Campbell got injured last year.
Clarke is a right-winger by trade. The youngster is blessed with pace and is good technically. He is also known for trickery and directness, but he hasn’t done justice to any of his traits since moving to Spurs.
The Tottenham hierarchy will be hoping that Clarke can find some form quickly, he can then either be integrated into the first team or be sold on to recoup some of the £10m outlay.
As far as the loan spell goes, Spurs’s decision to send him to Stoke City is backfiring as Clarke has started just four of his nine matches so far at Stoke, failing to complete 90 minutes in any game.
The player has all the skills, but the biggest worry is the lack of game time. Spurs will be looking at different teams to loan him for next season if they want him to feature regularly.
Clarke has looked eager in cameo displays but hasn’t turned that form into match winning performances. He does have age on his side, though, and is expected to have a successful – whether it will be at the level of Tottenham Hotspur remains to be seen.