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Jack Clarke may not be a starter upon Leeds return

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more… 

Jack Clarke’s move to Tottenham has finally happened, but the deal has also seen him return to his former club on loan.

The 18-year-old will be spending another season at Elland Road, but after starting just four games last term will he get more opportunities under Marcelo Bielsa?

Winger options

With the arrivals of Jack Harrison and Helder Costa, Leeds’ wide areas are now somewhat oversaturated. Realistically, the Whites have four senior players who could be ahead of Clarke in the pecking order in Costa, Harrison, Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez.

All four of these players have more experience than Clarke and other than Costa they contributed to more goals than the 18-year-old last season.

Will he start?

There may simply be too much depth in these positions for the Spurs loanee to be seen as a starter.

Harrison was Bielsa’s preferred option last term as he made 39 appearances, and there is an argument to be made that Alioksi is even better than the Man City man.

On the right-wing, you have last season’s Player of the Year, and a man who has put up some extraordinary numbers when playing in the Championship.

For these reasons, it’s hard to see the teenager playing any role other than the one he played last season where he was a bit-part player.

Being signed by the Champions League runners-up shows that Clarke is a highly-rated player with a bright future, but it’s tough to see Bielsa trusting him with a regular starting role due to his lack of experience.

Fortunately for the youngster, he is a fantastic option from the bench having made 20 substitute appearances last season, and Bielsa won’t hesitate to use him in that way once again for the upcoming campaign.

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