Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has described Jack Clarke as being “miles away” from the standard of the Leeds United first team, and says his former club must recall the 18-year-old so he can go elsewhere and get some game time.
Clarke enjoyed a wonderful breakthrough season at Elland Road, which saw Spurs splash the cash to bring him to North London, and although he was loaned straight back to Leeds as part of the deal, things have not worked out for the youngster, who has been limited to just two Carabao Cup appearances.
Speaking to Football Insider, Darren Bent said that it is crucial that he picks up minutes elsewhere if he wants to impress new Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho.
He said: “Before he worries about Mourinho, listen, he might have signed at Spurs but he’s miles away, absolutely miles away because he’s done himself no justice at Leeds. How can he expect, if he can’t get in Leeds’ team, how can he expect to go and get in Spurs’ team?”
“It’s not going to happen so he needs to somehow get minutes at Leeds, start playing week in, week out or if January comes and goes: ‘It’s not working for me,’ go somewhere else and play games.”
If Clarke does go elsewhere, it is not like he will be short of potential suitors. Sky Bet Championship rivals Nottingham Forest have shown an interest in bringing the youngster in on-loan, or if he wants guaranteed minutes, a drop down to Sky Bet League One could be in his best interests.