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Noel Whelan has laid down some home truths for Leeds man Jack Clarke. Speaking to Football Insider he suggested the youngster needs to man up and have expectations of himself.
It may be the international break but Clarke is seemingly still one of the main focal points at Elland Road.
He’s already been berated by supporters this season but now he’s also taking criticism from pundits.
The 18-year-old signed for Tottenham in the summer but has since been sent back on loan to the Whites and struggled for game time.
“It’s down to the player to catch the manager’s eye, it shouldn’t be the manager demanding from him, he’s got to have demands and expectations of himself and levels in training and how he goes about his job.”
“He looks a little rusty, a little bit feeling sorry for himself. He needs to man up a little bit and with expectations, you’ve got to deal with that pressure.”
It’s difficult to assess entirely where it went wrong for the talented teenager. The winger was taken ill at one point last term and has seemingly faced an uphill battle to get into Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
With the wide man now a Spurs player, it looks as though he’s got somewhat of an attitude problem and his inability to impact proceedings against Stoke summed that up.
He earned a match rating of 5 from Yorkshire Evening Post as he was brought off at the break.
But it was a moment for the U23 side that sums up why he needs to change the way he goes about things.
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Being replaced on 85 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Bristol City, he trudged off the pitch and didn’t even shake his replacement’s hand, heading straight to the dugout instead.
It was a moment that rather summed up his torrid campaign and showed why he needs to man up.
If Clarke doesn’t become a more mature player, he may also find things a struggle when he first plays for Spurs.
For now, he’s merely wasting time by not trying to prove himself.