Gary Lineker name-dropped Leeds United winger Jack Clarke as a potential future England player on Twitter this week, but when asked about the claim on Thursday, the youngster’s manager Marcelo Bielsa issued an interesting reaction that shows why Whites fans love him so much.
England are good. Will be better. Some have been around for a while…Sterling, Kane, Stones, Maguire, Walker, Trippier, Rashford….then there’s Alexander-Arnold, Foden, Hudson-Odoi, Gomez, Sancho, Rice, Nelson, Longstaff, Gibbs-White, Clarke, Chilwell, Greenwood. I could go on
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 25, 2019
Well, following the Three Lions’ comprehensive 5-1 win against Montenegro, the Match of the Day and BT Sport presenter took to Twitter to state how bright the future looks for the national team.
He named current players and ones still coming through who are yet to appear for the senior side, including the Leeds wide man.
When asked about Lineker’s comment in his Millwall pre-match press conference on Thursday, Bielsa retorted via the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Imagine the future. In something like football, at the end it’s typical that something totally different happens to what people think. No-one has the link to know what is going to happen.”
Plenty of other managers may have taken this as an opportunity to praise their player and say that he deserves – or is good enough –that sort of international recognition in the future. Not Bielsa though.
The Argentine instead produced a non-committal response that ensures that the 18-year-old, who is still firmly learning the ropes, keeps his feet firmly on the ground and doesn’t have the weight of the world on his young shoulders too early.
He isn’t even a regular in the starting XI at club level yet under Bielsa so to be mentioned in relation to the England senior side is certainly jumping the gun, even if Lineker was perhaps talking about a few years down the line.
Bielsa has shown his class again with his comments though, and hopefully he will be in charge with Clarke playing underneath him for the foreseeable future to help the winger reach the clear potential that he has.