Noel Whelan has insisted Michael O’Neill would get the best out of Jack Clarke if the Tottenham winger joined Stoke City on loan this month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and Coventry City striker has heralded his former teammate for the job he has done in the dugout at the Championship outfit and suggested the Spurs starlet would learn a lot under the 51-year-old.
As revealed by Football Insider earlier this week, the Potters have been joined by Championship rivals Coventry City and Sheffield Wednesday in the hunt to sign the 20-year-old on loan for the second half of the season.
Clarke spent last season on loan at Leeds, where he joined from in the summer of 2019, and QPR, but struggled for game time at both sides in the Championship.
He has spent the first half of the current campaign among the first-team at Tottenham and has managed to make two senior appearances, both in the Europa League.
Whelan believes Stoke, who currently sit seventh in the second tier, have got the manager and the momentum to help in the winger’s development.
Asked if he thought Clarke would benefit from a move to the Potters, Whelan told Football Insider: “Look at where the teams are – Stoke City, they’re having a pretty decent season this year.
“I know Michael O’Neill, he was at Coventry when I was there, he’s a very good man and a good player. I think he’s turned around Stoke City, quite frankly, from what they were to where they are now.
“He’s doing a pretty good job and I think he probably would get the best out of Jack Clarke.”
Clarke has a total of 29 Championship appearances under his belt, the majority of which came during the 2018/19 season at Leeds.
O’Neill has played with a 3-5-2 formation this season at Stoke, with the likes of Tommy Smith and James McClean utilised as wing-backs.