Jack Clarke’s meteoric rise to prominence at Leeds United saw him plucked from Marcelo Bielsa’s grasp by Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur over the summer and despite an immediate loan back to Elland Road being agreed, things aren’t going too well for the midfielder in Yorkshire.
Whether it’s the short-term nature of his stay or a simple shift in the manager’s tactical mindset, Bielsa is yet to give Clarke a single minute of Championship football so far this term, with his involvement at first-team level having been limited to two EFL Cup appearances against Salford and Stoke City respectively.
As you would expect, Spurs are reportedly far from happy with how things are playing out for one of their newest recruits and have sought clarity on Leeds’ position ahead of the January window. Although Clarke is scheduled to be staying at Elland Road until the end of the 2019/20 campaign, there are now rumblings to suggest that Daniel Levy and Tottenham’s backroom team may attempt to recall the 18-year-old in January and scour the market for another destination.
That is where Palace come in. Whilst you will always have certain sections of our fan-base moaning about the short-termism attached to loan agreements, it’s no secret that we are noticeably short of depth in wide areas as things stand. With Clarke capable of playing on either flank, the point he has to prove between now and May could well work in our favour if we could iron something out with the North Londoners.
It’s far from a move that’s on the cards just yet but for a number of reasons, it seems to make a lot of sense to me.