The rumoured transfer of Jack Clarke from Leeds United to Tottenham Hotspur is gathering pace, but where does that leave Leeds?
With rumours aplenty already this summer, any Leeds United fan will be dizzy by the time the season starts and the news that youth sensation Jack Clarke is set to join Champions League finalists Tottenham will do nothing for that feeling of vertigo within the West Yorkshire masses.
Clarke is the subject of strong interest from the North London club and rumours are rife that a deal has already been agreed with an announcement imminent, calls of a £14m figure are being touted.
Should this transfer go through it will obviously be a tremendous deal for the youngster and for Spurs, if not the greatest for Leeds, but, does this move give them a stronger squad?
In my humble opinion it does, here’s why…
Losing Jack Clarke (18) would be a loss, of course it would, bags of potential and at Championship level is already a very dangerous prospect, however, I believe that should he go, he will be loaned back to Leeds for next season to continue his development… purely my own opinion.
This leaves The Whites in the same position, squad wise, for what could be the biggest season in the clubs recent history, with an added £14 in the bank, easing any financial pressure the owner may be under and freeing up some money for transfers.
Also, and I believe this to be the most important reason of all, it should give Leeds a platform on which to keep their midfield linchpin Kalvin Phillips. A player that most LUFC fans believe to be the biggest asset the club has and the most important catalyst who holds the team together from the middle of the park.
Phillips has become a truly wonderful holding midfield player, regularly emptying his pockets on the evening of a game to find that days opponents attacking players in there with his keys and phone, he has matured way beyond his 23 years under the tutorship of Marcelo Bielsa and I believe that keeping the Leeds born man in the ranks will have been a huge clause in the Argentinian staying in Yorkshire for at least another year.
Some Leeds United fans may disagree but I would be confident betting that this opinion is shared widely amongst the fans of the sleeping giants.
Losing Jack Clarke may just be the sacrifice that Leeds need to make to keep the majority of the remaining first team squad together and adding a little extra quality here and there and if they were to loan him back, he would be just as hungry to achieve the ultimate goal of promotion to the Premier League, as his current team mates and employers.
It’s never nice to lose exciting young talent from your clubs ranks, as Leeds fans know all too well, but in this case could it be justified?
What to you think?