Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho sent a big message to Jack Clarke last night.
The 19-year-old winger made his senior debut for Spurs in the 3-0 Europa League win over LASK, replacing Carlos Vinicius – who also made his bow – late on.
Clarke failed to secure a loan move away from Tottenham during the summer and having struggled at Leeds and QPR last term, there was little evidence of him being ready to challenge for a spot in Mourinho’s senior squad.
But the Portuguese let Clarke know that he does indeed have plans for him by giving him a debut last night.
And the young Englishman, a £10 million signing in the summer of 2019, has told the club’s official website that Mourinho’s faith in him is a ‘massive push’ to kick on now.
He said: “I’m just happy that the manager showed faith in me and put me on the pitch. When you’ve got a manager who has worked with some of the top players in the world, for him to show faith in me, it’s just a massive push for me and it makes me feel like I want to do better and improve every day.”
Despite only having a few minutes, this really is a major step forward for Clarke.
After a loan move failed to materialise, the kid was staring down the barrel of at least three months with the Lilywhites’ Under-23 side, until January.
But Mourinho has made it clear that he wants him involved in the senior set-up and it’ll be fascinating to see if Clarke can indeed push on now.