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Jack Clarke has to start for Leeds in FA Cup against QPR

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Jack Clarke has to start for Leeds in FA Cup against QPR

Leeds United’s not-so-secret weapon Jack Clarke continues to come off the bench to make an impact in the first team, but when will he nail down a starting place at Elland Road?

The 18-year-old dazzler deserves to be right in the limelight as a regular starter and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he is.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side travel to QPR on Sunday afternoon for the FA Cup third round and it’s the perfect opportunity for the teenager to be promoted to the XI.

Clarke can use the cup fixture to catapult into the limelight and make it impossible for Bielsa to leave him out any longer in the league.


The attacker came off the bench in the Championship defeat to Nottingham Forest on New Year’s Day to lift the team and get on the scoresheet, while he never fails to make a positive impact.

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Bielsa is reluctant to start the winger and it may be understandable due to his lack of experience, but he’s got to get a look at him for 75-90 minutes against Championship opposition QPR in the cup.

There is no doubt academy graduate Clarke has the capability to be in the team every week and is already playing a vital role in the promotion bid off the bench.

But he might be ready now to be a mainstay in the side and has to be unleashed at the weekend, with his tricky dribbling and quick movement dangerous in the final third.

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