Mauricio Pochettino comments on Tottenham Hotspur's Jack Clarke, after disappointing Leeds United spell

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on October 17, 2019 in Enfield, England.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Jack Clarke has struggled badly for game time at Leeds United this term.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on October 17, 2019 in Enfield, England.

Mauricio Pochettino has claimed to Football London that at the moment there is no place for Jack Clarke at Tottenham Hotspur.

Clarke was signed by Tottenham in the summer, but immediately loaned back to Leeds United.

The winger has struggled for game time at Elland Road though, and there have been suggestions that Tottenham could recall him.

 

However, Pochettino claims that there is no room for Clarke at Spurs right now.

"Jack Clarke is at Leeds now. He is playing for Leeds. He is our player but he is on loan. Of course, if you say to me today about Jack Clarke, I don't know because today he has not got a place to come with us,” Pochettino admitted. “What is going to happen in a few months, I don’t know.

"Today, no [he won’t be recalled]. But football is dynamic. It always changes.

"You know we have the people to look after Jack Clarke. We have the structure to look after him. I cannot think too much about Jack Clarke.

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.

"Of course I have all the reports every week but I cannot be focusing on what is going to happen with him in January.

“I need to be trying to help my players and the team today because we need to win on Saturday and on Tuesday. It is wasting time, with all my respect to Jack Clarke.”

Clarke has not played a minute of league football for Leeds this season, and although he will be developing on the training pitch, Spurs could have a decision to make in January.

Spurs may want the winger to get more game time, after he proved last season that he could make an impact in the Championship.

If Clarke was to return to Tottenham it does seem highly unlikely that he would be able to trouble their starting line-up, despite Pochettino’s side’s struggles.

Tottenham still have a wealth of attacking options, and Clarke may have to be patient as he waits for an opportunity back at his parent club.

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