'Stupid', 'Just not true, is it?' - Leeds fans rage at Heckingbottom after his attacker claim
By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans have ripped into Paul Heckingbottom on Twitter after he suggested there is “competition” blocking Jack Clarke’s path to the first team.
Clarke, 17, tormented the Cardiff City defence in a development side match at Thorp Arch last Friday and created both of Leeds’ first two goals in their 3-0 triumph, which was their fourth consecutive win.
His form has been impressive throughout the campaign after he made the step up from the Under-18s appear to be an easy one.
Talking at the pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Bolton on Easter Friday, Heckingbottom admitted that the wonderkid could get his chance soon but warned that others are ahead of him in the pecking order.
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“He [Clarke] is possibly the next one in,” said Heckingbottom as quoted by Leeds Live, “but he’s got a lot of competition in front of him.
“Done well for a long time though. Been performing well. The club needs to manage him properly and there will come a time when he’s dipped into it.”
A section of United fans questioned Heckingbottom’s judgement as they pointed out that the senior attacking players have been hopeless over the last few months.
Leeds have slipped to 14th in the table to leave their play-offs hopes in tatters following a dreadful run since the turn of the year, and many blame for the forwards who they cannot believe deserve regular selection ahead of the exciting Clarke.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Conpetition? Just not true is it
— ZL (@SupremeJansson) March 28, 2018
Competition? Ekuban started last game he’s a striker that hasn’t scored a league goal ????
— Ryan O’Donnell (@Ryanrododon) March 28, 2018
Can he point out who he’s competing with cos I can only see duds in front of him tbh
— Kenneth Roy Brown (@kennybrown1964) March 28, 2018
Agree Kenny, from what I’ve seen of him he brings more to the table than the other wide players at the club. #lufc
— Richard Box (@richardboxy) March 28, 2018
— Matty Harrison (@harrisonmatty1) March 28, 2018
PH if there’s anything about him, has a golden opportunity for the rest of the season to blood some of the youngsters – this is supposed to be his strength – if he passes up the chance to have a look at Clarke, Dalby, Rey and others it will speak volumes
— Tyler75 (@hughesr64) March 28, 2018
A lot of competition in front of him? pic.twitter.com/7L58HVfyDB
— Diddlysquat (@markrikko) March 28, 2018
From who? Is he being deliberately stupid now?
— Liam (@liammkirby) March 28, 2018
No competition at Leeds, first team is crap, must be getting a transfer,
— David Kerr (@davidkerr2821) March 28, 2018
“Competition” is a new way of spelling “crap”. #lufc
— Bully (@BullMick) March 28, 2018
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