By Noel Whelan

27th Mar, 2020 | 6:00pm

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Noel Whelan has tipped Tottenham to offload winger Jack Clarke permanently to a Championship club – a year after his big-money move.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he has seen nothing this year to suggest the 19-year-old will make the grade in north London.

Clarke joined Spurs from Leeds United in the summer of 2019 for an initial £9.5million rising to a potential £13m but is yet to make his first-team debut for the Lilywhites.

He has instead been sent out on loan twice, returning to Elland Road for the first half of the season before joining QPR during the January transfer window.

Whelan admits the promising youngster has not done enough to suggest he has a future in north London and has suggested a drop down the divisions is on the cards.

Whelan told Football Insider: “We’ve seen Jack Clarke go back to Tottenham where I don’t think he’s going to be a Tottenham player, I don’t.

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“I think he’ll be shipped off to a Championship club at some point because he’s not proving that he can live up to the hype. He’s not doing it at QPR, they’ve been frustrated with his performances.

“Is he going to take Lamela’s place, is he going to take Sissoko’s place, is he going to take Heung-min Son’s place? No, he’s just not.” 

Clarke played 25 times during what was his breakthrough season at Elland Road last season, scoring twice and setting up two assists.

However, he made just three appearances for Leeds in the first half of the campaign and has not started a single league game for QPR since his move in January.

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent believes Spurs could pull off a “world-class” signing this summer.