What a rotten 12 months it’s been for Tottenham Hotspur prospect Jack Clarke.
The 19-year-old winger joined Spurs in a £10 million deal from Leeds United last summer but, fast forward a year, the youngster is now nowhere near Jose Mourinho’s first team.
Clarke re-joined Leeds on a season-long loan immediately after signing for Tottenham, but he returned to North London in January after just 19 minutes of Championship football last term under Marcelo Bielsa.
He then joined QPR on loan but failed to start a single league game, managing only six cameo appearances.
And worryingly for the Lilywhites, there’s no indication that things are going to get better.
Tottenham’s Under-23 side drew 1-1 with Brighton on Saturday afternoon and although Clarke started, he was taken off at half-time.
It remains to be seen if the change was forced or tactical, but it could’ve been the latter by virtue of the fact that he was booked on 35 minutes.
Clarke’s confidence has taken a battering over the past year or so, but it’s imperative that Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy find a loan move for him.
You could argue that he has already wasted a year of his development, because there’s no telling how good he could’ve been by now had he stayed in West Yorkshire as Bielsa’s player, rather than returning as Mauricio Pochettino’s, and he’s going to waste another one unless the North Londoners find him a loan.