Back in January, Crystal Palace were linked with a move for Leeds’ academy graduate Jack Clarke but now it looks as though Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are poised to make a move for him, with reports of a £10 million bid on the verge of being made.
Still only 18, the attacker has made a total of 25 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s men this season and despite having played less than 900 minutes of competitive football since August of 2018, it seems his game is making all sorts of waves a little higher up the footballing food-chain.
After leading the division for much of the season, Leeds fell to a two-legged play-off defeat against Frank Lampard’s Derby County a week ago, leaving them to come to terms with at least one more year in the second tier before any triumphant return to the Premier League. As a direct consequence, Leeds will be forced to field bids for their brightest and best talents with Clarke chief amongst them.
Back in January, a large section of Leeds’ fan-base laughed off any talk of Clarke willingly swapping Elland Road for Selhurst Park, given the perceived difference in stature of the two clubs but if Tottenham do make a concrete bid, they may not be quite so sure of the teenager sticking it out for another season in the north west.
There will always be people who feel that figures of £10 million or more are extortionate for a player with only 25 first-team appearances to his name but football in 2019 is an environment in which you pay a premium for potential, giving Spurs no option but to go bid from the very start of the negotiating process. With his current contract running until the summer of 2021, Leeds are under no immediate pressure to sell if they don’t want to; will they bite the bullet? Only time will tell.