Jack Clarke needs to impress on loan at Stoke City during the second half of the season – or his Tottenham career could come to a premature end.

That is the view of former Spurs and England striker Darren Bent who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he has been disappointed by the 20-year-old’s lack of progress since moving to north London.

Tottenham confirmed on Friday that the promising winger had joined the Potters in what is his third loan spell out of the club in two seasons.

Clarke struggled for game time at both Leeds United and QPR last term and was kept around the first-team squad by Jose Mourinho for the first half of this campaign.

However, he made fleeting appearances in the Europa League and FA Cup and still only has just three first-team appearances under his belt for Spurs.

Bent has admitted he had high hopes for Clarke when he signed from Leeds for £10million but insisted he was now fighting to forge any sort of future in north London.

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Asked if Clarke was playing for his Tottenham future during the second half of the season, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, I mean we’re talking about it being two years in the summer since he signed and I feel like he’s no closer to actually staying there and nailing down a spot.

“From where he broke through, I thought wow, this kid’s going to be something special and it just hasn’t happened for him. He went back to Leeds, didn’t play so it’s kind of hindered him a little bit now because he’s probably thinking, well, I deserve to play, I want to play.

“He might be justified in that but if you’re looking at the Spurs team, you’re thinking, well, I can kind of understand my reasons why I’m not playing – Son’s been superb and it’s probably hard to argue against that.

“For him, he’s most definitely got to go out to play some football.” 

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