'He's Playing For His Spurs Career' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to big starlet development
Tottenham youngster Jack Clarke is “playing for his Spurs career” as he embarks on a new chapter with Stoke City.
So says former White Hart Lane favourite Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge as the 20-year-old winger heads out on his second Championship loan spell of the season.
Clarke signed for Tottenham for £11.5million in June 2019 but has failed to have a meaningful impact ever since, whether at Spurs or in his loan spells with Leeds or Queen’s Park Rangers.
Brown believes that Clarke needs regular football in order to revitalise his stalling career and that Stoke City is a perfect destination for him to do exactly that.
He told Football Insider: “He went to QPR and didn’t play. It’s been a mixed bag for him so far.
“He has to play. He’s playing for his Spurs career and he’s playing for his own career week-in, week-out. He’s got to play football to get that experience.
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“They went to Blackburn at the weekend. It’s a Stoke side who are in and around it. They’re in a much better place than they’ve been in recent years in terms of the playoffs. So that might be a good side for Clarke to go into.”
Stoke are four points off the playoffs in the Championship this season.
They will be hoping Clarke’s arrival — coupled with fellow January loan signings Rabbi Matondo from Schalke and Rhys Norrington-Davies from Sheffield United —will push them towards promotion.