Danny Mills has claimed Jack Clarke’s loan back to Leeds United from Tottenham makes “perfect sense” and is a smart deal for all parties.
Tottenham announced this morning that the United winger had become their first signing in 18 months as he completed a £9million move rising to a potential £12million.
Mills has been critical of Clarke and claimed he would be nowhere near the Spurs team, prompting an angry reaction from the player’s father on social media.
But a late twist, which will see the 18-year-old immediately return to Leeds, is one the ex-United defender regards as sensible.
“A loan back makes so much more sense,” Mills told Football Insider. “It now becomes a decent deal for everybody involved. Tottenham did that with success with Dele Alli, Jack Clarke has secured his future and Leeds get him for another season.
“However, if he has an outstanding season, it might seem a bit cheap at the end of it. If he plays 30 games and lives up to his potential, you start thinking, ‘hang on a minute, £8-9million is not that much’.
“Maybe Leeds need the money right now. Tottenham have had a little bit of a punt on his potential, that’s where the gamble is.”
Clarke only made his senior United debut last October after a series of dazzling performance for the Under-23s convinced Bielsa of his potential.
He went on to make 25 first-team appearances last season, with just five of those coming in the starting XI.
Mills is convinced the teenager is very raw and will benefit from another year at Elland Road.
“Loaning him back to where he is settled and stable makes perfect sense,” he added to Football Insider. “It means he doesn’t have to move and up sticks to London.
“He is still a young man and moving away from home, and having to fend for yourself, is not easy.”