Thomas Christiansen has revealed that 17-year-old teenage sensation Jack Clarke is ready to make his Leeds United senior debut this season.
He made the comments at the pre-match press conference ahead of Leeds’ Championship clash with Barnsley.
Clarke signed his first professional contract with the club on Thursday, as exclusively revealed by Football Insider.
The news was posted by BBC journalist Adam Pope on Friday lunchtime.
TC says he would not exclude the possibility of 17 year old striker Jack Clarke making his senior debut at some point this season. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) November 24, 2017
The striker is highly-rated, and has gained Premier League interest, due to his goal scoring antics for Leeds’ Under-16s and Under-18s sides, but a first-team role so soon would be a surprise, albeit a pleasant one for Leeds fans.
The 17-year-old has scored an impressive nine goals in seven starts for the Under-18s so far this season, and statistics like this have seen him tipped as a future star at Elland Road.
Clarke has also already featured for Leeds United’s Under-23s side, despite his age, and has been regularly training with the first team this season.
The manager is not the only one who is aware of the striker’s ability, as Leeds United fans celebrated the 17-year-old signing his first professional contract with the club by heaping praise on him.
The Whites are currently 10th in the league with 26 points from 18 games ahead of their meeting with 17th placed Barnsley on Saturday.
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