Tottenham Hotspur arguably had one of the best transfer windows this summer.
Six players were signed. Six holes were filled. It was merely one centre-back away from being a genuine 10/10 from the tough negotiator himself Daniel Levy.
Despite finding a new first-choice right-back, that long-awaited Mousa Dembele successor as well as a back-up to Harry Kane, Spurs’ biggest signing was undoubtedly the shock return of Gareth Bale.
The 31-year-old wing sensation hasn’t featured yet due to injury but could be back involved after the international break, which bodes well for not just Jose Mourinho but Harry Kane too.
Having someone like Bale out wide instead of an inconsistent Lucas Moura or Erik Lamela could be a game-changer for the England talisman.
But could it have a far greater and everlasting effect on another member of the first-team squad?
It’s rather intriguing to see that young £10m starlet Jack Clarke made the Europa League squad over the likes of Paulo Gazzaniga and Gedson Fernandes, so perhaps he could have an increased role going forward.
And having Bale around to learn from will only elevate his game tenfold.
What’s even more interesting is that the 19-year-old hasn’t been sent out on loan again after mixed spells with former club Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers. It’s thought that Spurs have rebuffed any advances from the Championship so far.
Football.London believe Clarke has impressed Mourinho throughout the summer in training and as a result, has earned his place amongst the first-team.
Marcelo Bielsa has also been impressed with the teenager in the past too, claiming “He doesn’t look like a young player and every time he plays he has the capacity to create a difference. Every time he plays he makes the difference.”
Now with Bale beside him, he could thrive.
The Welshman has won it all with Real Madrid and is considered a legend in N17, which should prove to be a major source of inspiration to Clarke.
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