Should Sunderland spell make Fulham wary of reported target Jake Clarke-Salter?

Fulham's Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic looks on before  the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London, on January...

Premier League duo Fulham and Burnley are reportedly keen on Chelsea's Jake Clarke-Salter but he struggled in the Championship with Sunderland.

Jake Clarke-Salter of Sunderland (#35) is sent off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on February 24, 2018 in Sunderland,...

Jake Clarke-Salter arrived at the Stadium of Light on loan from Chelsea in January, tasked with helping Sunderland avoid relegation to League One.

It is fair to say the plan did not exactly come to fruition. The highly-rated centre-back made just 11 appearances for the Black Cats, conceded 24 goals and was even sent off in successive games against Middlesbrough and Preston.

So if you are a Sunderland fan, the amount of alleged interest in Clarke-Salter from Premier League and Champions League clubs could seem a little baffling.

 

HITC sources are telling us that Fulham and Burnley are keen on the 21-year-old, who has also been scouted by Bundesliga teams Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen during his current loan spell at Chelsea feeder club Vitesse Arnhem.

While Clarke-Salter has impressed in Holland, the likes of Fulham should perhaps remember his Sunderland spell and be a little wary.

The Chelsea team Captain Jake Clarke-Salter lifts the trophy as Chelsea win the FA Youth Cup Final - Second Leg between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on April 27, 2016 in...

Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have been worryingly porous at the back since being promoted to the Premier League, conceding a joint league-high 16 goals already, and it is difficult to see how a young and erratic Clarke-Salter could transform their fortunes.

That said, maybe it is a little unfair to question a young player thrown into a Sunderland side in crisis on and off the pitch at a crunch time of the season.

Jake Clarke-Salter of Vitesse during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Vitesse Arnhem and FC Groningen at Gelredome on August 12, 2018 in Arnhem, The Netherlands

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