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Sunderland must now unleash Jack Clarke after solid recent form

Sunderland find themselves once again in a play-off race for the opportunity to earn promotion up to the Championship, currently sitting fifth in the League One standings on 63 points, with just nine games to go.

While they will need all the experience and leadership from the likes of Corry Evans, Bailey Wright and new signing Jermain Defoe to help them avoid slipping up anymore, the youthful energy and confidence of loanee Jack Clarke could help them fire to promotion.

It was a difficult start at Stadium of Light for the youngster sent from Tottenham, but after scoring a “rocket” in stoppage time against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night, his career might just begin to get back on track – right when the Black Cats need him most.

Will Jack Clarke return to his best form at Sunderland?

Yes, he has huge potential!

Yes, he has huge potential!

No, he's not consistent enough!

No, he's not consistent enough!

The 21-year-old posted a four-word message on his social media game, saying “all to play for” – which will surely excite fans with the temporary signing seeming committed to the cause and to achieving the target of securing Championship football for next season.

With every week his performances improve, which is evident by the fact that overall for Sunderland since joining he has averaged a 6.84 match rating, but in his last four games, he is averaging a 7.08 – which is a clear indication that he is beginning to settle in the North-East.

Despite on average appearing for just 43 minutes per game at Sunderland, Clarke has taken 1.2 shots per game, as well as winning over 50% of his duels and completing an impressive 92% of his dribbles.

Having shown plenty of potential before his move to Spurs, the winger earned praise regularly from Leeds fans, pundits and former players – including former Whites striker Noel Whelan, who said: “He has got a great ability to glide past players.

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“I don’t think I’ve seen a winger really as talented as that, where it looks effortless, just to take somebody on and he really does get you on the edge of your seat, he’s one of those exciting players.”

After three unsuccessful loan spells, it is clear that his hard work is paying off, and he was praised for his “persistence” by the Sunderland Echo after the game – a testament to the determination he has to get his career back on track.

Should he follow on from his encouraging recent performances, Sunderland could find themselves in a more favourable position at the end of the season thanks to his ability, commitment and firepower, as they look to end their four-season spell in the top flight.

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