As with any emerging player, their development is closely tracked. Not only is that tracking done by their current club, feelers are also put out by others.
That’s the case with Leeds United and Jack Clarke. His breakthrough from the Under-23 set-up and in to the first team is certainly one that has caught the eye both of Whites fans and of suitors – amongst them Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur.
It is Clarke’s fearless running and his enthusiasm in wanting to take in and beat a man that has caught the imagination. Fans on the terraces have raved about his fearlessness, a sang froid above and beyond his tender years.
The Yorkshire Evening Post’s (YEP) Phil Hay is at pains to state that no official bid has come in from Spurs. Hay says that Spurs have stepped up their interest in a player that Manchester City were courting before he signed a long-term deal at Elland Road.
After starring for the Under-23s, Clarke burst into the scene in this season’s Sky Bet Championship with 22 appearances totalling 396 minutes. During his time on the pitch, Clarke racked up two goals (against Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest) as well as assists against Sheffield United and Derby County.
It is this output and undoubted potential that will see youngster Clarke rightly put on a pedestal. The question is, will Leeds’ resolve stay steady in the face of Premier League interest or will the Whites fold like a badly stacked house of cards when the cheque book is held open?