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Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa was foolish to leave Jack Clarke out of team to face Norwich City

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Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa was foolish to leave Jack Clarke out of team to face Norwich City

Leeds academy graduate Clarke has looked convincing when called upon this season.

Leeds United suffered a blow in the race to secure the Championship title on Saturday, losing 3-1 to Norwich City.

The Whites have encountered a small blip of late and will need to get back to putting consistent wins on the board if they are to keep up the pace.

In the main, the West Yorkshire-based outfit have looked the real deal this season under the stewardship of Marcelo Bielsa but of late they have stuttered.

A surprise omission from the starting line-up on Saturday was that of Jack Clarke, who has impressed massively this season.

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The 18-year-old made his debut earlier in the campaign and has caught the eye with a string of energetic performances on the wing.

Clarke makes things happen for Leeds and his youthful exuberance has seen him adopt a fearless style this season.

Dropping him on Saturday wasn’t the best decision that Bielsa has ever made.


The York-born teenager replaced Jack Harrison in the second half and once again looked lively; last month he made an instant impact against Nottingham Forest by netting from the bench.

Clarke has all the credentials to be Leeds’ ace in the pack in their push to win the Championship title and it is no surprise that he has been catching the attention of other clubs.

According to The Mirror, Tottenham were keen on the youngster during the January transfer window, among other clubs.

Bielsa might have thought he was protecting the youngster by taking him out of the limelight for such a crucial game on Saturday, but his decision backfired.

If Leeds are serious about reclaiming their place at the summit of the Championship then Clarke must be one of the first names on the team-sheet.

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