By Pete O’Rourke and Wayne Veysey
Leeds United are likely to lose Jack Clarke in the January window if he continues to be frozen out of the matchday squad, Football Insider has learned.
The teenage winger’s career has stalled after he was omitted from the United 18 for their last four Championship fixtures despite being fit and available for selection.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that clauses inserted in Clarke’s loan transfer from Tottenham mean he can be recalled by the Premier League club in January.
Spurs are set to exercise that option if Clarke continues to be the odd man out at the Championship big hitters so soon after his £9million transfer.
The Londoners are likely to loan him out to another second-tier side, one where he is likely to be a regular rather than left kicking his heels in the stands.
The rising star has not had a minute of league football yet this season – he was an unused sub in the first two of Leeds’ four Championship games – and has been restricted to run-outs in the League Cup and Under-23s football.
The teenager has been the victim of the EFL’s strict rule on loan players as well as his loan side’s strong start to the season, which left them third in the table going into the international break.
EFL rules allow five loanees in a match-day squad, which means Marcelo Bielsa has to leave out one of the six Leeds loan players.
Ben White and Jack Harrison started all six league matches so far, with back-up goalkeeper Illan Meslier joined on the bench for the last four games by Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa.
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