Danny Mills has warned Tottenham winger Jack Clarke he is in danger of becoming a “forgotten man”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Manchester City and England defender suggested the 20-year-old’s £13million from Leeds United in the summer of 2019 was “too big, too soon”.
Football Insider revealed last week Coventry City, Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday are in the hunt to sign the right-winger on loan in the January transfer window.
Clarke spent last season on loan with Leeds and QPR but managed just seven league appearances across both spells.
Tottenham decided to not let him leave in the summer as they wanted him to develop under the likes of Gareth Bale and Heung-Min Son.
He made two appearances for Spurs’ first team in the Europa League this term – both as a substitute.
However, Mills has warned a move away this month could make or break his Spurs career.
“He was the golden egg [at Leeds United],” Mills told Football Insider. “Then suddenly what happens is, you go, and I’ve said it all along the move was too big, too soon.
“Going back to when it was all kicking off I said ‘I’m not sure it’s the right thing, he needs to playing football week in, week out to continue to learn.’
“Sometimes players move too soon and it can have a detrimental effect on their career. It’s like two steps forward but then a year later it’s three steps backwards and I think that’s what happened with Jack Clarke.
“From his perspective, he’s got to be careful, he’s 20 now, he’s starting to get out of those teenage years and they’ll be 17, 18, 19-year-olds below him that are pushing to come to the fore.
“It’s very, very easy to become the forgotten man.”