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QPR loanee Jack Clarke set for another negative experience

£10m was the fee Tottenham paid Leeds to sign Jack Clarke last summer.

For a man who had played just 25 senior games it was a bizarre signing, especially considering he’d only scored twice for the Whites too.

Since that move went through, he’s played only six first-team matches and struggled to get into various teams.

Recalled by Spurs after an initial spell with Leeds, he’s now playing under Mark Warburton at QPR.

However, the word ‘playing’ is thrown around loosely in this scenario because once again, Clarke isn’t receiving many minutes.

On the chalkboard

After moving back to Leeds for a temporary stay following his permanent switch to north London, he went onto play just 19 Championship minutes. His only starts, meanwhile, came in the Carabao Cup.

That being said, he was dragged off at half time in a penalty shoot-out defeat versus Stoke.

A man who burst onto the scene after bagging against Aston Villa last term, the winger has looked a shadow of a player who cost such a large sum of money for a teenager.

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Since signing for QPR, he’s appeared off the bench three times but has totalled 48 minutes. The 19-year-old has been poor in that time, too. He’s mustered a pass accuracy of just 62% while he’s also performed just 0.3 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.

The only saving grace appears to be his creativity, where Clarke has conjured up 1.3 key passes per match.

Torrid campaign

In the last two matches, Clarke has been an unused substitute – a role that became synonymous with the youngster at Elland Road this season. 15 times he was named on the bench for Marcelo Bielsa’s team and didn’t appear.

He was forced to play a number of U23 matches instead, and during one encounter he even refused to shake the hand of his teammate when being hauled off the pitch.

Rather typically, Clarke played for QPRs U23s on Monday night in what would have been a familiar feeling for the teenager. Demoted from the first-team again, he was surrounded by academy players, rather than first-team stars.

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A relatively new arrival in west London, he’s yet to hit the ground running and is once again enduring a rather negative experience.

The point of a loan is to gain more first-team experience but Clarke hasn’t received that at Leeds, nor is he getting them at QPR.

It has been a torrid season.

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