Exclusive: Robinson claims Leeds loanee set for January return to parent club & 1st team role
Paul Robinson has claimed he is “sure” Leeds United loanee Jack Clarke will make a January return to Tottenham following the appointment of Jose Mourinho.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds and Spurs goalkeeper is convinced that “unhappy” Clarke will be looking forward to a “fresh start” following a frustrating three months.
The winger, 18, has not had a single minute of Championship action since being signed by Tottenham and loaned back to United for the season.
Robinson claims the remarkable events in north London this week, which have seen Mauricio Pochettino be replaced by Jose Mourinho, have changed the picture for Clarke.
“It’s probably good news for Jack,” Robinson told Football Insider. “He won’t want to be at Leeds, be unhappy and not play, so it’s probably a good thing for Jack.
“It gives him a fresh start, a new opportunity and if Mourinho is not able to buy anyone in January I’m sure he’ll bring him into his first-team squad.
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“He’ll probably want to go back in January so the manager can have a look at him.
“As a player, if you’re out on loan and away from it all, you can maybe feel a little bit detached and a little bit out of it all. So I think he’s wanting to get back and probably wanting to show the manager what he can do.”
Clarke has made just two appearances for Leeds – both in the League Cup – after his breakthrough 2018-19 campaign culminated in widespread Premier League interest and a £9.5million transfer to Tottenham.
“He’s not really been given the opportunity, has he? He’s not getting much game time – Jack Harrison’s been playing, Pablo Hernandez is coming back in as well,” Robinson added.
“His game time has been limited at Leeds which I think it’s been disappointing for him because at that age you want to go and play.
In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club have agreed the terms of a £5million-plus deal.