Heckingbottom must start teen sensation after Leeds first-team revelation
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom must go with his instinct and hand U23 starlet Jack Clarke his debut after hinting he would hand the youngster his opportunity at first-team action.
Speaking ahead of the Whites battle against Bolton in the Championship on Good Friday, the boss revealed to Leeds.Live that, “He (Clarke), is possibly the next one in.”
The 17-year-old has been impressive for the youth set-up, putting on a string of fine displays which has led to calls for the forward to be handed further opportunities at senior level.
But Heck has been keen to ensure expectations on the player aren’t overhyped as he attempts to protect one of his prized assets.
The Leeds boss needn’t do that though, as Clarke has shown he is more than capable of showing his talents on a bigger stage.
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As Heckingbottom himself likes to say, if he’s good enough, he’s old enough.
Supporters have been pushing to see the attacker in action and it would seem that they are getting closer to their wish with the manager’s latest comments.
With so many players underperforming for the Elland Road outfit, Clarke will have to see off the likes of Jay-Roy Grot, Caleb Ekuban, and Pawel Cibicki, in order to stake a place for himself in the side.
But after the impact the young forward had last time out against Cardiff U23s where he made two of the goals in the side’s 3-0 victory, it will be a punt for Heckingbottom that will be worth it.
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