Darren Bent suggests that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa does not trust in promising winger Jack Clarke despite naming him among the substitutes against Charlton Athletic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and England striker says that he has been surprised by the lack of game time for the teenage winger after earning a move to Premier League heavyweights Tottenham over the summer.
Clarke has not featured once in the Championship for the Whites this season, returning to the bench against Charlton Athletic on Saturday after six league games out the matchday squad.
Bent says that Bielsa has to have a certain level in trust in players if he is going to use them in his side and suggests that the Argentine manager does not have the necessary faith in the young attacker.
Bent told Football Insider: “With Bielsa, if you look at Bielsa’s teams, he needs to be able to trust you. If he doesn’t trust you, like at the minute a bit with Jack Clarke, I think Bielsa feels he can’t trust him.
“I’m sure everyone thought, and I’m sure he would have thought: ‘Right, I’ve got my move to Tottenham, I’m guaranteed now a starting role in the team.’ Maybe he want back there with the wrong attitude.
“It’s really surprised me, I thought he would kick on this year.”
Clarke enjoyed a successful breakthrough season at Elland Road during the 2018//19 campaign, featuring 25 times across all competitions after coming through the youth system in Yorkshire.
Bielsa has been forced to abide by rules on the number of loanees in the matchday squad at times this season, goalkeeper Kamil Miazek replacing Lorient loanee Illan Meslier to make space for Clarke to make the bench.
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