Leeds United opinion: Should the Whites sell Jack Clarke?
Mauricio Pochettino looks to be in higher spirits after leading his side to a Champions League final and the Argentine wants to break the transfer drought in the current transfer window. The North London club want Clarke, who is valued at £20million, as their first summer signing.
Clarke’s breakout season with Leeds
The 19-year-old reserves talent got promoted to Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team this season and didn’t fail to live up to his expectations. Clarke bagged a four-goal tally in 25 appearances, a decent stat for a player who was out for a month due to health issues and appeared mainly as a substitute.
Furthermore, he also won the club’s young player of the season. He is predominantly used as a winger on the left-flank but he also can play on the other side of the flank.
Why should Leeds hold on to Clarke?
The Elland Road club ended an eventful Championship campaign, losing their well-placed promotion chances. From being the table leaders with only a few games left to ending up with no promotion, Leeds witnessed this abrupt turn in the blink of an eye.
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One of the major reasons was the lack of inspiration from the attacking line-up, who failed to show up in the important stage of the competition. The Argentine failed to cope up with the absence of Clarke and Kemar Roofe.
Jack Harrison, who is bound to Manchester City, enjoyed a decent loan spell and the Whites are willing to buy him on a permanent deal. The Cityzens, in return, imposed a hefty £20million price tag for the permanent capture of the winger.
Instead of going all out for Harrison, the Whites have an option off the shelf named Clarke.
The English prospect showed everyone why he should be a starter under Bielsa with a glimpse of his talent. As the former Chile gaffer is aiming to hand the Elland Road club promotion in the upcoming season, Clark’s presence would be vital for him.