Darren Bent has expressed his “surprise” that new Tottenham signing Jack Clarke has not been given the chance to impress Mauricio Pochettino during pre-season.
Spurs announced the capture of Clarke for an initial £9million last week but immediately loaned him back to Leeds United for the upcoming season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-Tottenham striker Bent revealed he is a big admirer of “brilliant” Clarke but can’t believe Pochettino has not kept him at least for another month.
“I think it is a really exciting signing Jack Clarke, he really impressed me for Leeds, he was brilliant,” Bent said. “I thought it was only a matter of time before somebody come and got him.
“He’s at the right club for him. I mean I’m slightly surprised that a club like Spurs – they got to the Champions League final without signing a single player – so it seems funny that they signed someone and sent him back to Leeds, it’s a bit of a crazy one.
Time will tell, I mean I’m all for that but maybe not in Spurs’ situation because Spurs need players. You saw how thin their squad was last season when they lost Harry Kane, Dele Alli was out for a little bit.
“They were thin, they were quite light so you’d think buying someone like a Jack Clarke, you’d want to get him ready now unless they’re planning on signing someone else.
Clarke became Tottenham’s first signing in 18 months last week, before the club quickly followed up by announcing their club-record capture of Tanguy Ndombele for £54million rising to a potential £63million.
“For Jack Clarke, I’d have liked to have seen him around the squad, maybe do pre-season with Spurs first, see how he got on, see how he lives up to the mark,” added Bent to Football Insider.
“For all they know, he might have played some pre-season games, excelled, looked really comfortable and then you keep him.
“At the end of the day, Spurs are a well run football club, as I well know. Pochettino is a fantastic manager, nothing will go on at that football club without his sanction.”
Clarke, who is still only 18, broke into the Leeds side last October after being fast-tracked by Marcelo Bielsa.
He made a big impact with some dazzling cameos but has still only made five senior starts among 25 appearances for the Championship giants.