Jack Clarke has been given the cold shoulder by Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United this season due to his lack of flexibility.
That is the verdict of ex-United forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the teenage winger’s season-long snub.
Clarke joined Tottenham in a blockbuster summer deal costing an initial £9.5million before being loaned back to Leeds for the entire campaign.
But the 18-year-old has not had a single minute of league action, prompting speculation he will be recalled by Tottenham in January and possibly loaned to another club.
“The problem with Jack Clarke is he can only play one position and one position only,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He’s a natural winger and can’t really play anywhere else. It’s the only explanation for him not getting in the team.
“You look at someone like Jamie Shackleton, he’s now leapfrogged Jack as he can play three or four different positions.
“Jack did really well last season and got his move to Tottenham. He’s a right winger but he’s not going to get in ahead of Pablo [Hernandez] or Helder Costa, who we spent £15million on.
“On the left, Jack Harrison is playing the best football of his Leeds career. There’s nowhere for Jack Clarke to play and Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t like to change his team.”
Clarke’s only two appearances for Leeds this season have come in the League Cup.
He is a regular member of the matchday squad but has Bielsa has snubbed him as a possible sub all season.
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