Exclusive: Ex-striker rips into Tottenham loanee - 'Was he a one-season wonder?'
Tottenham youngster Jack Clarke has got to start producing on loan at QPR if he is to fulfil the potential he showed at Leeds United, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists he cannot see the 19-year-old making the grade at Spurs if he continues to struggle for game time in the Championship.
The winger, who moved to north London in a £10million move last summer, played just three times for Leeds in the first half of the season, with just five more outings since joining QPR.
Whelan, who watched Clarke rise through the ranks at Elland Road, admits he has seen no progression from the promising forward since signing for Tottenham and questions if he will make the grade.
Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s nowhere near the finished article and at the minute I can’t see him breaking into that Tottenham side in the next couple of seasons.
“He’s gone to QPR, obviously trying to adapt into the London life at a team that’s not too far away but if he can’t get into the QPR side, no disrespect, but he’s a £10million player. That is what he was bought for, he commands that price tag on his head.
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“He’s got to find why someone paid that amount of money for him at a Premier League club. He’s got to find and digging deep into his tools to be that player that Tottenham bought because if he can’t, he could find himself being ousted by Tottenham and at another club.
“I don’t think he’s progressed at all. He couldn’t get into the Leeds United side, he got hardly any minutes, now he’s at a lower side in the Championship and he’s still not producing the goods.
“He’s got to look at himself – why is he not, what’s he doing that’s not good enough? Is it performances in training, is he not working hard enough, was he a one-season wonder?”
In other Tottenham news, the Lilywhites have been tipped to sign another Leeds player.