Noel Whelan has tipped Jack Clarke to quit Leeds United for good when the January window opens next month.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker is convinced that the 19-year-old winger will return to parent club Tottenham after a dismal opening half of the campaign.

Clarke has made just one league appearance and been a virtual permanent fixture on the substitute’s bench, as was the case once again in Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Cardiff City at Elland Road.

Football Insider revealed on Saturday that Tottenham are set to exercise the mid-season recall clause in Clarke’s loan deal as soon as the January window opens for business.

“He’s quitting Leeds, that’s clear to see,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He’s not playing and Tottenham aren’t going to be happy with that.

“Jack Clarke’s very much down the pecking order and the only way that will change is if there are injuries. Otherwise, Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t really change his team.

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“We can afford to let him go, but we need to replace him. Not necessarily with a winger, we have wide men. Maybe a centre-back or a midfielder.

“We have plenty of wide man, and [Ezgjan] Alioski can play there as well.”

Clarke, who signed for Spurs for an initial £9.5million in the summer, has been reduced to just three Leeds appearances this season, two of which have come in the League Cup.

He has not started a single league match, and has only been called upon once for a late run-out as a sub.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has tipped the Whites to sign ‘Fabulous’ Man City player next month.