Spurs should rival Guardiola for Leeds starlet Jack Clarke

Leeds United's Jack Clarke takes on Sheffield United's Enda Stevens during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 1, 2018 in...

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a number of Championship starlets over the years, and should now consider a move for Leeds United's Jack Clarke.

Leeds United's Jack Clarke battles with Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn at Elland Road on October 27, 2018 in Leeds, England.

It appears to be a matter of time before Jack Clarke is playing in the Premier League, whether that be with a promoted Leeds side or after a move to one of the division's heavyweights.

The Sun recently reported that Manchester City are eyeing a bid for the winger. But before Pep Guardiola is allowed to seize the initiative in any race for the youngster, perhaps Spurs should consider making their own move.

 

Mauricio Pochettino is unquestionably one of the world's best coaches when it comes to helping young players realise their potential. And given Clarke's potential, Tottenham could have an incredibly special player on their hands if they made a move for the Leeds starlet.

The 18-year-old has now broken into the Whites' first-team after being on the cusp of the squad for most of the last 12 months. And his performances since his senior debut have largely justified the hype.

He is clearly still developing, but he has added excitement to every game he has been introduced into. Clarke rarely shies away from getting onto the ball and is happy to run at defenders and ignore what appears to be the simple pass if he feels something better could come along further down the line.

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He provided the assist in Leeds' 1-0 win over Sheffield United at the weekend, and his first start for Marcelo Bielsa's side appears to be imminent.

If he is going to make the step up to the Premier League anytime soon, Pochettino, like Bielsa, is the kind of manager who could take Clarke's game to the next level. He has continually shown faith in young players, and Clarke has that piece of magic up his sleeve that would make him a wildcard for any top flight side.

Leeds United's Jack Clarke takes on Sheffield United's Enda Stevens during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 1, 2018 in...

Clarke would arguably be better off staying at Leeds where he looks set to enjoy a prominent role in the first-team and could end the campaign heading to the top flight anyway.

But if he decides that he wants to go, Spurs would be a fantastic destination for the youngster, and Pochettino could help Clarke realise his frightening potential.

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