Jack Clarke has joined QPR on loan until the end of the season after the Tottenham Hotspur star’s spell at Leeds United was cut short earlier this month – and he has responded to questions about facing Leeds in his first match for QPR this weekend.
Clarke, 19, broke into the Leeds side last season and impressed in his 25 appearances. It saw Tottenham spend £10million to land the England Under-20 star, before returning to Leeds on loan. But he played just three times for Leeds this time around.
It saw Spurs recall the winger earlier this month from Leeds, and choose to send him on loan elsewhere. A whole host of Championship clubs wanted Clarke, and he has chosen to remain in London with QPR – where Luke Amos currently resides.
Typically, Leeds travel south to take on QPR this weekend, which could see Clarke make his debut against his old side – just days after packing his bags at Elland Road. Clarke responded to questions about potentially making his debut against Leeds.
“You couldn’t write it could you? I am just excited to get going, and to kick-start things with my new team,” Clarke said, as quoted by QPR’s official website in his first press conference.
TBR’s view – Could Clarke come back to haunt Leeds?
He certainly has the ability. The problem for Clarke, which saw Marcelo Bielsa overlook the teenager this season, is remaining consistent and not getting lost in matches. Last season, his form dipped towards the end of the campaign.
A new lease of life and confidence at a young, exciting side in QPR could see Clarke return to his best – and Leeds could be his first victims on Saturday. It has fate written all over it, and Leeds will have to be wary to keep Clarke quiet.