Leeds United will have Jack Clarke available to them next season, despite his recent £10 million (The Telegraph) transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. The Champions League runner-ups have allowed Clarke to return to Elland Road on loan, similar to their purchase of Dele Alli in 2015.
Tottenham signed the future England international from MK Dons in February that year. The BBC reported the deal was worth £5 million and Alli returned to the stadium:MK for the remainder of the season.
Leeds fans who might be worried that Clarke will not perform as well as a loan player should take Alli as inspiration.
Alli was on fire during his loan spell back at Milton Keynes. Courtesy of transfermarkt, Alli’s stats for that period were sensational. The then 18-year-old played 12 times in that period and recorded six assists and four goals.
If it wasn’t for an ankle injury suffered in February, those stats might have been even more impressive. Perhaps even more exciting for Leeds fans, will be the fact that season ended in promotion.
So there is clearly a precedent for this deal working out. Leeds fans will hope their winger takes after Alli.