Stoke City manager hints at another loan move for Tottenham starlet Jack Clarke
Clarke signed for Tottenham Hotspur back in the summer of 2019 but was immediately loaned out to boyhood club Leeds United. Having failed to get game-time under Marcelo Bielsa, the youngster was called back midway through the campaign to be sent out to QPR for the second half of the 2019/20 term.
Clarke did not fare much better with the Rs with regard to his game-time. Having returned to Tottenham at the end of the campaign, the young winger enjoyed some prominent game-time during the short pre-season. But that did not translate into regular playing time with the first-team once the campaign did start.
While he did make an appearance here and there, Tottenham decided to loan him out in January, with the youngster signing for Stoke City. And Clarke has fared much better than his last two temporary stints, starting four games for the Potters along with six more appearances from the bench.
O’Neill has now hinted that the youngster can play a significant part for the rest of the season and possibly even beyond that.
“Jack is a young player we brought to the club and he’s been involved in every game essentially. We’ve been pleased with what Jack’s contribution has been. There are areas he has to improve on still but he’s a very talented young player.
“In terms of being out on loan, he’s played more minutes than he has on previous loans so he’s still adapting a little bit. But he’s a young player we’re looking at between now and the end of the season to have an impact because you’d like to think that was a situation we could revisit next year on a longer-term basis.”
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O’Neill further added that it was important for Clarke to stay patient and make the most of when the opportunities to come in order to force the manager to start him on a regular basis.
It is good to see that the young winger is doing better than what he managed in last two loan stints. Hopefully, he is able to establish himself as a regular starter for the Potters soon.