Jack Clarke is set to keep his place in the Leeds United squad against West Brom despite an underwhelming display for the Under-23s today, Football Insider understands.
The winger, 18, has not had a minute of league action this season despite Tottenham buying him for more than £9million in the summer and then loaning him back.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Clarke is poised to be on the bench against the Baggies at Elland Road tomorrow.
Marcelo Bielsa revealed at his media conference earlier today that Pablo Hernandez will be absent for a second consecutive match due to injury.
This will provide another opportunity for Clarke, who was substituted at half-time in the Under-23s’ 2-1 defeat to Crewe Alexandra at Thorp Arch today.
This is a clear sign he is being held back to feature in the showdown against fellow promotion rivals West Brom.
Clarke was recalled to the senior squad for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic after being omitted from the 18 for six consecutive Championship matches.
The teenager was an unused substitute at the Valley and has yet to have a single minute of senior action in the league this season, partly due to the EFL strict rules on loan players.
Clarke has been restricted to two run-outs in the League Cup since joining Spurs over the summer.
He was on the bench for the first two league games of the campaign and has subsequently looked on from the sidelines, with Jack Harrison and Ben White the two preferred loan starters.
Costa made his first league start against Charlton while Eddie Nketiah was once again a second-half substitute.
Illan Meslier had been the substitute goalkeeper for the seven consecutive Championship matches, but he was replaced by Kamil Miazek on the bench at the Valley.
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