Former Leeds United player Ian Harte has raved about teenage attacker Jack Clarke after his performance for the clubs’ Under-23s side on Friday.

Clarke, 17, supplied a stunning assist to Clarke Oduor against Cardiff Under-23s where he nutmegged a defence before cutting the ball back to his team-mate.

Harte, who has been critical of the youth set-up at Elland Road in the past, was left drooling over the skill that Clarke showed in the build-up to the goal and claimed that the Cardiff player will be having a tough time forgetting about being beaten so effortlessly.

“What a performance from Jack Clarke today! I told you Leeds fans he is a special player, and only 17. The right back will be having nightmares tonight. Delighted for the 23s,” he said on his personal Twitter account.

Clarke is yet to make a first-team appearance for Leeds but there have been signs that he could get the nod in the future after being named on the bench for the FA Cup Third Round game with Newport County in January.

Football Insider verdict

With Leeds’ season pretty much over, Paul Heckingbottom may as well give some Under-23s players a chance in the first-team. The Under-23s and Under-18s are both playing very well at the moment and are making Harte eat his words for criticising them earlier this season. Players like Clarke must surely be on Heckingbottom’s radar and seeing his skill against Cardiff Under-23s will do his chances of a promotion no harm. Caleb Ekuban is nowhere near good enough up front and Pierre-Michel Lasogga has been off the boil. Starting Clarke as striker would be a risk that’s worth taking.

In other Leeds United news, fans have urged the club to hire this two-time Championship-winning manager in the summer.

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