By Noel Whelan

6th Jul, 2021 | 8:01am

Clarke future at Tottenham hanging by a thread after Gold claim - Whelan

Noel Whelan has claimed “it is crunch time” for Jack Clarke at Tottenham amid reports he will be sent out on loan next season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds and Middlesbrough striker fears the 20-year-old has no long-term future at Spurs.

According to Football.London‘s Alasdair Gold (4th July), the winger will be sent out on loan for the 2021-22 campaign unless he can impress Nuno Espirito Santo in pre-season.

Signed from Leeds United in July 2019, Clarke has struggled to establish himself in Tottenham’s first-team.

He has been loaned out three times since joining and most recently spent the second half of last season on loan at Stoke City.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Clarke’s future, Whelan said: “I’m not sure if he has a future at Tottenham.

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“The fact that he keeps getting sent out on loan suggests to me that he doesn’t have a long-term future there. It is a really difficult one.

“He was fantastic for Leeds but you could see that there were a few frailties in his game. The big question was whether he could make that step up to the top flight so early in his career.

“He has loads of talent but sometimes the mental side of the game is more important than a step-over. You need to work tirelessly every day and put yourself in a position where the manager cannot ignore you.

“Another season where the pressure is on. He needs to prove that he is good enough to play for Tottenham.

“Right now is crunch time for him. You cannot keep going out on loan every season.”

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