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Can Clarke’s first Leeds assist give him the confidence to oust Alioski?

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Can Clarke’s first Leeds assist give him the confidence to oust Alioski?

Jack Clarke picked up his first Leeds assist. Can he now kick on and replace Ezgjan Alioski in the Leeds line-up?

Jack Clarke picked up his first assist in a Leeds United shirt at the weekend, earning his team a late win over Sheffield United.

Leeds have a poor record at Bramall Lane and had not won there since 1992.

But with the scores level at 0-0 with less than 10 minutes remaining, it was Clarke’s good work that earned Leeds a narrow victory over high-flying Sheffield United.

It seemed like a lost cause as Sheffield United played the ball back to goalkeeper Dean Henderson. But Clarke never gave up.

 

The 18-year-old chased Henderson down and forced him to misplace his path. Clarke then had the frame of mind to look up, square the ball to Pablo Hernandez and the Spaniard slotted into an empty net.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 01: Leeds United’s Jack Clarke takes on Sheffield United’s Enda Stevens during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 1, 2018 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

In his fifth game – all of which have come from the bench – Clarke picked up a maiden assist and that will be a major confidence boost.

The talented teenager could now kick on and start pushing Ezgjan Alioski for a starting spot.

Alioski has dipped in and out of form this season and his place in the Leeds starting XI is far from certain.

If Clarke can continue to progress, then he could oust the 26-year-old and take his spot on the wing.

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NCTJ-qualified sports journalist with a passion for playing and writing about football. West Ham fan.

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