Having been one of the rising talents of Leeds United’s academy, it no doubt would have hurt Marcelo Bielsa and the club’s fans to see Jack Clarke being prised away by a Premier League side.
Reports back in the summer of 2019 claimed that Tottenham paid a £10m fee to Leeds to sign Clarke, with further payments scheduled based on whether certain conditions get met.
Now, Transfermarkt have his value at just less than half of that amount at £4.86m.
That’s a real indication of just how much of a step backwards his career has taken since Spurs signed him, with the now 20-year-old having made just three senior appearances for the north London side.
Since the switch to Spurs, Clarke has spent time out on loan at Championship sides like Stoke and QPR, but while things haven’t worked out, there’s no questioning he remains a talented prospect.
QPR’s director of football Les Ferdinand said: “You can see that Jack is quality as we played against him last year when he was at Leeds. He’s a young boy but he has undoubtable talent and I think once he goes back they’ll probably look at him through pre-season, see how he does and then make a judgement on whether it’s another loan or (Jose Mourinho) may see a benefit to the Tottenham team now and the way he wants to play.”
But with Spurs loaded full of players in the wide areas – the likes of Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Gareth Bale for example – it’s difficult to see how and where Clarke fits into Mourinho’s plans come next season.
It now seems like Victor Orta and co cashed out at the perfect time, getting a decent fee for a player who had played just a handful of games for Leeds’ first team.