Jack Clarke was the player who caught the eye in pre-season, of the young crop that is. There were others, Jamie Shackleton was one and Ryan Edmondson showed he can get goals but Clarke was ahead of the rest. With the form of Gjanni Alioski questionable at best, and Jack Harrison struggling to make an impact should Clarke now command a starting place?
The frustration towards Alioski has been f=growing amongst fans for some time now, starting last season and after a good start this season he’s fallen back into the same place. His work-rate is second to none but that’s about all he is currently bringing. Going forward he may create chances on paper but if you watch the games he doesn’t actually create chances that are of note. He did on Saturday, scuffing a cross that Kemar Roofe almost made look better by getting a toe on. The dive against Reading summed up his season so far, he was in a decent position but decided to dive rather just get on the ball and make something happen.
In terms of end product Jack Clarke does create chances, time and time again when he’s on the park. His issue does seem to be his fitness and more because he’s coming off the bench and going 100mph straight away forgetting he has the rest of the game to play. He came up with the crucial moment at Sheffield United and many thought that would be enough to see him start the next game, Alioksi being hooked twice at half-time two games on the bounce.
Jack Harrison really hasn’t kicked on since coming to Leeds. He came with high hopes and the backing of Pep Guardiola but he’s really struggled to make an impact. A goal against Millwall seemed to be exactly what he needed but it wasn’t backed up and he hasn’t created or scored a goal since. Jack Clarke seems to be ahead of him in the team now and pushing for the spot Alioski currently occupies. Bielsa knows best, we know that and clearly he sees Alioski as being the most qualified at the moment, but it can’t be too long before Clarke gets his chance.