'Cut above', 'Brilliant', See why Man City want him - Leeds fans demand teen ace is fast-tracked
By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to call for Jack Clarke to be promoted from the Under-23s into the first team squad following his latest masterclass.
United’s development side continued their impressive run with a convincing 4-0 win against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Monday night.
A Sam Dalby goal, a Tyler Denton strike and an own goal ensured Carlos Corberan’s side ended their Professional Development League campaign in style.
Clarke, who signed a professional contract with Leeds on his 17th birthday last November, has tormented defenders at age-group level in recent months.
He was so effective at Under-18s level that he was promoted to the Under-23s, where he has continued to shine just as brightly.
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Now many United fans are calling for manager Paul Heckingbottom to fast-track him into the senior XI following successful recent promotions for fellow academy products Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Paudie O’Connor and Tom Pearce.
Among the comments are that he is a “cut above” and it is obvious why the Manchester City-linked teen is in the sights of the big guns.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Denton, Rey and Clarke should be given a chance this weekend and next, impressive. #LUFC
— Evil Dr. Porkchop (@70Andyh) April 23, 2018
Get Rey and Clarke involved at Norwich. #lufc
— Joseph Brook (@JBSports_lufc) April 23, 2018
U23s are bloody class. Get Rey and Clarke in that first team. #lufc
— James (@James_H_3) April 23, 2018
Jack Clarke could walk into the first team at #lufc lads a cut above.
— Lee Thompson (@lufcThommo) April 23, 2018
Jack Clarke is quality #lufc
— Filobeddo (@filobeddo) April 23, 2018
— Steven Smith (@stevelufc66) April 23, 2018
#lufc If we handle it correctly dont cash in we may just have a real future, Jack Clarke only 17 as good as Ive seen for ages. u23s live on lutv
— Graham Scaife (@papascaife) April 23, 2018
If Jack Clarke keeps his head down and we as a club manage him properly then he will have a big future. You can see why Man City to name one club was after him. #LUFC
— All Things Leeds United ⚽️ (@FocusOnTheFooty) April 23, 2018
Rey, Clarke, Denton, Stevens, Diaz, Dalby and Hosannah standing out tonight.
5 of the 7 were brought in by Orta. #lufc
— Daryl (@Dazelar29) April 23, 2018
I’d be disappointed if Dalby and Clarke don’t get any first team action. Both look more then good enough #lufc
— Lee (@LufcLee19) April 23, 2018
Time to put faith in these kids. It may not work out but at least we will be proud of them #lufc
BPF, Coyle, Ayling, Paudie, Pearce, Forshaw, Rey, Alioski, Pablo, Clarke, Dalby.
Starting XI for next season
— Ben Dobson (@bendobson21) April 24, 2018
As scary as Orta has been sjgning first team players… This crop of youth players is something else… BPF, Denton, Pearce, O’Connor, Rey, Clarke, Hossanah, Dalby, Sarkic and Struijk could all be in and around the first team next season #lufc
— Matt (@MWJS82) April 23, 2018