Spurs sign first player in 18 months…then loan him straight to Leeds
JACK CLARKE Completed a £9m move to Tottenham but will spend the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Leeds.
The 18-year-old winger was acquired by Spurs with an eye to the future and he has just one season of senior football under his belt, having left a famous academy system at Elland Road in 2018- 19.
His professional debut was in October last year, before making a further 24 appearances. Clarke caught the eye with his energy and creativity on the flanks, with talk of Premier League interest quickly sparked.
Tottenham have moved to the front of the transfer queue and have been working on a deal for some time.
They now have an agreement down the line, with Clarke set to be part of their plans in the coming years after signing a contract until 2023.
Mauricio Pochettino won’t have the youngster at his disposal next season as a deal to loan him out immediately to Leeds has been agreed.
Clarke told Spurs’ official website: “I am delighted to join Tottenham and in the short term I will give everything to hopefully help Leeds win promotion.”
Los Blancos came very close to securing a return to the Premier League last season. Clarke contributed to efforts that saw Marcelo Bielsa’s side sit in the automatic places for long stretches, however, they finished third and suffered heartache in the semi-final against Derby.
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He made 25 appearances in all competitions last season.
Source: Tim Goode
Clarke offered enough during the campaign to suggest he was destined for great things and he was named Leeds Young Player of the Year, a Yorkshire native proving to be a local star.
Los Blancos will only get 12 more months from him, however, before a new chapter in his career begins at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs are hoping to see Clarke achieve similar success to Danny Rose and Aaron Lennon, who have taken similar paths from Elland Road to North London in the past.
Pochettino will also be looking for plenty of other deals for Tottenham to complete over the coming weeks. After going two windows without making any additions, Clarke became Spurs’ first signing since Lucas Moura around 18 months ago.
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