The Verdict: Should Spurs pay up for Jack Clarke?

Tottenham Hotspur are unwilling to match Leeds United’s valuation of teenage winger Jack Clarke, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 18-year-old made his first-team breakthrough under Marcelo Bielsa in 2018/19 as the Whites attempted to win promotion to the Premier League.

He made a total of 25 first-team appearances in all competitions as Leeds ultimately finished third, only to lose to Derby County in the play-offs.

Spurs are said to be interested in signing the youngster as they look to refresh a squad that has not seen any investment whatsoever since January 2018.

However, the Post report that chairman Daniel Levy is currently unwilling to pay full price for Clarke, who was included in the starting XI in the Championship just four times.

But should this be a deal that Spurs are attempting to get done whatever the cost, such is Clarke’s seemingly boundless potential?

Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts below!

Matt Dawson

“Absolutely. Pochettino has worked wonders with English talent before and Clarke would likely be no different. The 18-year-old is still incredibly raw but it goes without saying that Spurs would be setting themselves up for a far better future by bringing the Leeds man to north London. However, they must be careful not to pay over the odds. You sense Spurs need some proven talent before spending a fortune on young players.”

James Beavis

“Daniel Levy clearly has the money to spend, and Tottenham must pay whatever it takes to get Clarke. On far too many occasions in the past – James Maddison being a prime example last summer – Spurs have seen promising players go elsewhere for affordable fees, before shining in the Premier League. Clarke has all of the attributes to follow the exact same path, and Tottenham must get him before his stock rises even further.”

Billy Meyers

“Clarke would fit the homegrown quota and could also become a very dangerous wide man under the tutelage of Pochettino. He wouldn’t be a bank buster of a signing and would be a relatively low-risk one like Daniel James to Man Utd, so this is definitely one that Spurs should try and get over the line.”

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