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Jack Clarke to Tottenham has been one of the most drawn-out transfer sagas of the summer, but somehow there are still new developments coming out.
The most recent reports state that Clarke will re-join the Whites on loan after completing his permanent move to Spurs, but this deal could spell the end of another bright young talent at Elland Road.
If Clarke returns to Leeds on loan, then the left-wing position will be extremely competitive.
Jack Harrison’s return to the club was confirmed on Monday, and the Whites also have Ezgjan Alioski to play that role. Once Clarke returns, the Yorkshire club will have three solid left-sided players in the squad, and that could indicate that Mallik Wilks is on his way out.
Wilks had an exceptional campaign at Doncaster Rovers last term, scoring 14 goals and assisting a further eight, but his form at the Keepmoat Stadium seemingly hasn’t impressed Bielsa enough to give him a shot.
Realistically he would be the fourth choice on that side behind the aforementioned trio. He’s also capable of playing on the right, but with Helder Costa’s arrival looking imminent he’s unlikely to get in ahead of the 25-year-old or last season’s Player of the Year, Pablo Hernandez
With Barnsley interested in the 20-year-old it shouldn’t come as a surprise to any Leeds fan if the youngster chooses to continue his development elsewhere.
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His performances in League One showed that he is good enough to make the step up to the Championship, but it seems unlikely that he will be doing so in the famous white shirt of Leeds United.