Tottenham youngster Jack Clarke “needs to have a really long look at himself”, according to former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan. Clarke joined Tottenham from Leeds last summer for a fee in the region of £10million. The winger was immediately sent back to Elland Road on loan but his deal was cancelled in December after making just three appearances in the first half of the season.
Clarke, 19, then joined QPR on loan in January but failed to make a start in the Championship before football was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Whelan reckons Tottenham will send Clarke out on loan for a third time next season but he has warned the England under-20 international his career is “dwindling away”.
Whelan says the teenager has a point to prove at whichever club he joins.
“His progression has been very slow. We saw the peak of that at Leeds United,” Whelan told Football Insider.
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“Things happened very quickly for him. He went to a big club for a big amount of money and, in Tottenham’s eyes, he is one for the future.
“He has not done it at QPR, they were disappointed and wanted more. He has a lot of thinking to do.
“Jack is miles off the Tottenham side. He will go out on loan next year but to be successful, and be the player we thought he was going to be, he needs to have a really long look at himself.
“He needs to get the bit between his teeth and prove a point to people.
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“At the moment, he is dwindling away. People have forgotten about him.
“There is a player there but at the moment he is a bench player.”
Meanwhile, former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has backed his old side to snap up Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser on a free transfer.
“It would be a great signing and if you can get him on a free as well, wow, what a signing that would be,” Bent said.
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“If I’m Spurs I’m going all out to get that type of player but don’t make that your be-all and end-all.
“We saw Manchester United do that with Daniel James and yeah, he did very, very well but I’m sure United weren’t expecting him to do as well as he did.
“If Spurs can get him in on a free, that’s a very, very good start.”
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