Paul Robinson has urged Jack Clarke to leave Tottenham on loan in January despite his struggles at QPR and Leeds United last season.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 20-year-old is “too good” to be playing with the club’s Under-23s.
Clarke returned to Spurs in the summer after two unsuccessful loan spells in the Championship with Leeds and QPR respectively.
However, the winger has impressed since his return, his form in Premier League 2 earning him two cameo appearances in the Europa League.
Football Insider revealed last week that Jose Mourinho will grant the England Under-20 international permission to go out on loan next month.
Robinson is adamant Clarke should follow in the footsteps of Troy Parrott, who has spent the first half of the campaign at Millwall.
“He’s made a couple of European squads but he is very rarely involved with the first team,” he told Football Insider.
“Jack Clarke is in a really precarious position. He is at the risk of being on the fringes of the Spurs squad and not playing any football. If he doesn’t want to go out on loan again you wonder what his mentality is.
“The Under-23s is not the place for Jack Clarke. Training everyday with the first team is fantastic for him and great for his education but he is too good to be playing football for the Under-23s.
“Look at Troy Parrott, at Clarke’s age you do not want to just come on for 10 minutes in a European game that has no relevance every now and again.
“He needs to play football if he wants Spurs to be his club long-term. He needs to go out on loan.”