Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur have broken their transfer deadlock with the signing of Leeds United winger Jack Clarke for a reported £9m plus add-ons. The 18-year old will be loaned back to the Championship side for the upcoming season.
The teenager’s capture means that the North Londoners have finally ended a 517-day wait since the arrival of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018.
Tottenham Hotspur enter this year’s transfer window on the back of a historic Champions League run and a fourth-placed Premier League finish. The English club are determined to bring in some high-quality players this summer with the likes of Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and Real Betis playmaker Giovani Lo Celso heavily linked.
Jack Clarke, however, is a long-term signing for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. The youngster came through Leeds’ youth academy and made his first-team debut against Brentford in October. He has made 25 appearances for the West Yorkshire club helping them to the Championship play-off semi-finals and was named Leeds United’s Young Player of the Year for his performances
“I’m delighted to join Tottenham and in the short term I’ll be giving my all to hopefully help Leeds win promotion,” said Clarke.
However, player-turned-pundit Danny Mills, who made 141 appearances for Leeds United, has questioned the move. “You have to say if a player is that good at 18-19 years old, whoever you are, you have had more starts for a Championship side,” he said.
“You’re coming off the bench and it’s easier to pick the ball up and run at people, why has [Leeds manager Marcelo] Bielsa said ‘you are not worthy of more starts?”
“I actually think it’s the wrong move, is he going to be in the Tottenham team next season? No chance,” he added.