Tottenham Hotspur's move to sign Jack Clarke from Leeds United could be so smart

Leeds United's Jack Clarke during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Tottenham Hotspur brought in Jack Clarke from Leeds United and have immediately loaned him back to the Championship side.

Jack Clarke of Leeds United applauds the fans at full time during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Semi Final First Leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium...

Tottenham Hotspur’s deal for Jack Clarke looks even better now, as Leeds United have paid so much for Helder Costa.

Tottenham snapped up Clarke from Leeds for £8.5 million on Tuesday (Daily Mail), which helped to enable the Whites to seal a deal for Costa.

However, the Daily Mail report that Leeds have paid almost double what Spurs paid to land Clarke to bring Costa in.

Leeds are set to spend £15 million on Costa, and that really does make Clarke look like a bargain.

 

Clarke may not be as proven as Costa at Championship level, but he is seven years the Portuguese man’s junior.

Clarke is still only 18 and he has already shown glimpses of the fact that he can be a major threat in the second tier. 

The hope at Tottenham is that Clarke will develop into a Premier League star, and that is something that Costa hasn’t been able to do.

The trickster struggled in the top flight with Wolverhampton Wanderers, and he heads to Leeds with a point to prove.

Wander Helder Costa of Wolves (L) attempts to take it past Pedro of Chelsea (R) during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea at Molineux on...

Promotion is the aim at Leeds and the Costa for Clarke swap does rather suit the Whites at this current stage, as the former Benfica man is currently the superior player.

But when Tottenham see players that are totally unproven above Championship level moving for nearly double what they paid for Clarke, they must reflect on the transfer as a piece of potentially brilliant business for them.

Clarke clearly has the ability to go on and play well above the level he is currently at, and if he does then his value will sky rocket. 

Clarke's arrival at Spurs has rather been overshadowed as Tanguy Ndombele signed on the same day, but the deal deserves to be widely celebrated, as it could well be viewed as an extremely smart piece of business in future years. 

Jack Clarke of Leeds United runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds, England.

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