Marcelo Bielsa has told his pre-Nottingham Forest press conference – as quoted by Leeds Live – that Jack Clarke cancelled his loan at Leeds United, just a day after receiving praise from Bielsa, and Leeds fans have reacted on Twitter.
Clarke, 19, broke into the Leeds side under Marcelo Bielsa in 2018-19. The England Under-20 international clocked up 25 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and creating two goals.
His breakthrough form saw him earn a permanent move to Tottenham for a fee of £10million (Standard). He was instantly loaned back to Elland Road, but he struggled to get back into Bielsa’s side.
Leeds re-signed Jack Harrison and brought in Helder Costa, while the five-man loan rule backfired on Clarke. In January, he left the club – a return which was confirmed a few days after Leeds U23’s draw with Forest, a game which Clarke played in.
“One player in six months plays two matches, thinks he will arrive to one club and play is underestimating what Leeds is as a club, a team and an institution,” Bielsa said.
“Clarke, the last match he played in the U23s, I sent him a message congratulating him because after four months of work he was again the player he was when he started playing for us. The next day he left Leeds.”
Clarke managed just three appearances for Leeds during the first half of the season, two of which came in weakened sides in the Carabao Cup. Since moving to QPR, Clarke has played three times for Mark Warburton’s side.
Leeds fans reacted on Twitter to Bielsa’s latest claim about Clarke in which he claims he sent a message to the player after Clarke impressed for the Under-23 side against Forest – only for Clarke to leave soon after.
Maybe they didn't believe u cos u never gave them a chance.
— jayjay82 (@jwh1982) February 6, 2020
he sounds very agitated …. not looking good
— Julian Fortuna (@jfortuna42) February 6, 2020
Trying to summarise bielsa’s answer… JKA won’t be in the squad, Bamford will start, he hates Nketiah and Clarke, he broke Edmondson #LUFC
— Chris (@LufcCg) February 6, 2020
He doesn't sound happy
— DB (@wakefield1967) February 6, 2020
Shows what’s wrong with Clarke and Baker. Best performances when they knew they were leaving, rather than fighting to be involved when they were here
— Will S (@willdsenior) February 6, 2020
Always too little to late it seems.
— Tiddy (@PureLeeds) February 6, 2020