Carlos Corberan delivers glittering verdict on Leeds ace Jack Clarke

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates with Jack Clarke (l) and Tyler Roberts (r) scoring the equalising goal to make the score 1-1 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds...

Clarke made his Leeds debut against Brentford on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds United's Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring his side's equalising goal with Jack Clarke during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on...

Carlos Corberan has told BBC Radio Leeds that Jack Clarke always had the talent required to break into the first team from when the Spaniard first joined Leeds United as a coach.

Corberan, 35, joined Leeds in the summer of 2017 to replace Jason Blunt as the club's Under-23 manager, and immediately promoted Clarke into the second string at Thorp Arch.

Still only 17 years of age, Clarke has been on the Leeds bench for the last five Championship fixtures and finally made his debut on Saturday as he replaced Stuart Dallas with 20 minutes left to play.


Corberan, who first got into coaching with Saudi Arabian side Ittihad thanks to the recommendation of Pep Guardiola, believes Clarke has plenty of ability but is keen to further his development despite his breakthrough.

"Jack Clarke is a young player with huge talent," Corberan said. "When I arrived at Leeds, he was with the Under-18 side. We saw that he had the level to play with the Under-23's, and we moved him up.

"We started to develop him in terms of what we need from a winger, right and left side. He has to continue working, but it is good that this club have young, talented players like him. We will make sure he is ready to meet the demands of football."

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on October 6, 2018 in Leeds, England.Corberan watching on behind Bielsa.

Leeds are renowned for their ability to produce top young talent, with the current side boasting academy products such as Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Kalvin Phillips, Tom Pearce and more. 

In recent years, the likes of Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor have gone on to play in the Premier League, while Ronaldo Vieira was sold to Serie A outfit Sampdoria in the summer.

Leeds fans will be hoping Clarke can continue to kick on and give Marcelo Bielsa another weapon in his armoury as the Whites aim for promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation in 2004.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa prepares to bring on Stuart Dallas in the first half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road on...Corberan discussing tactics with Bielsa.

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