Mills misreads Pochettino after Clarke claim

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Danny Mills believes Leeds United youngster Jack Clarke will be making a mistake if he joins Tottenham Hotspur this summer, per Sky Sports.

What’s he said?

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Clarke is poised to complete a move from the Championship club to north London, with Sky Sports claiming he has already undergone a medical.

However, Mills, who played for Leeds between 1999 and 2004, is not sure that the move is the correct one for the 18-year-old, who made just four starts in the Championship in 2018/19.

Indeed, he believes that the teenager’s development would be best served by playing regularly, something that is not at all guaranteed in north London.

He said: “You have to say if a player is that good at 18-19 years old, whoever you are, you have had more starts for a Championship side.

“You’re coming off the bench and it’s easier to pick the ball up and run at people, why has Bielsa said ‘you are not worthy of more starts?’

“I actually think it’s the wrong move, is he going to be in the Tottenham team next season? No chance.”

Developer of talent

Mauricio Pochettino gives youth a chance.

The likes of Harry Winks, Dele Alli and Juan Foyth have all thrived under the Argentine’s management and one has to feel that Mills is simply ignoring his track record.

Add the transfer fee, which Sky Sports claim could total more than £8m, and it becomes apparent that Spurs value Clarke, a player who has had just one full season in senior professional football, incredibly highly.

The London Evening Standard have even reported that the teenager is to be given the opportunity to work his way into the starting XI in 2019/20.

There can be no higher compliment and these comments could well backfire on Mills.

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