Michael Brown has tipped Jack Clarke to head back out on loan in January after spending the first half of the season around the Tottenham first-team.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs midfielder insisted the time spent with Jose Mourinho and the senior side would be good for the 20-year-old’s development but that he needed to look at getting more game time next year.
The young winger, who was signed from Leeds United for £10million in 2019, made his second first-team appearance for Tottenham on Thursday as he played 20 minutes against Ludogorets in the Europa League.
Having seen the promising forward struggle during his loan spells at Leeds and QPR last season, Brown has suggested January will be time for Spurs to consider sending him out again.
Brown told Football Insider: “It just hasn’t worked with his loans, he showed great promise early on, but if you can get some minutes and train with that squad, I think that would also just get some development in.
“You might be missing out on games, which we do know he needs, but for six months I don’t think it’ll do any harm and that’s where these cup competitions are good – getting involved, getting amongst it and it’s great to see.
Asked if he thought a loan for Clarke would be revisited in January, Brown said: “Yeah, I do, I think he will certainly be looked at, it’s only normal that if he can go and play a certain amount of games to the end of the season.
“The next loan, he’s got to play. Wherever it be, whether the ambition isn’t always as high, it’s not a rush, it’s no rush to play but I think if he’s going go somewhere, you almost need to be saying he plays so he can relax, he knows he’s playing but it’s hard to do that.”
Clarke played just 10 times across all competitions last season as he failed to impress at either Leeds or QPR.
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