Darren Bent has suggested that Leeds United winger Jack Clarke is heading for a January exit as he is “miles away” from making the first-team grade.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker says that the teenage forward needs to go on a new loan as he will be a long way from the team of his parent club Tottenham.
The 18-year-old has not played once in the Championship this season, having returned to Leeds on loan after sealing a blockbuster £9.5million transfer to Tottenham over the summer.
Bent says Clarke cannot be distracted by Mourinho’s arrival at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and says his focus has to be getting game time, either at Leeds or elsewhere, if he wants to catch the new manager’s eye.
Bent told Football Insider: “He needs to worry about getting in that Leeds team because he can’t get nowhere near it at the minute.
“Before he worries about Mourinho, listen, he might have signed at Spurs but he’s miles away, absolutely miles away because he’s done himself no justice at Leeds. How can he expect, if he can’t get in Leeds’ team, how can he expect to go and get in Spurs’ team?
“It’s not going to happen so he needs to somehow get minutes at Leeds, start playing week in, week out or if January comes and goes: ‘It’s not working for me,’ go somewhere else and play games.”
Clarke broke through into Leeds’ first-team last season, playing 25 times across all competitions and emerging as one of the most exciting young talents in the Championship.
However, his only two appearances this campaign have come in the League Cup, Bielsa leaving the youngster as an unused substitute in 10 league games.
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