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Michael O’Neill delivers verdict on how Spurs gem Jack Clarke has done since loan switch

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Michael O’Neill delivers verdict on how Spurs gem Jack Clarke has done since loan switch

Tottenham Hotspur gem Jack Clarke has been praised by Stoke boss Michael O’Neill following his first three appearances for his loan side.

The 20-year-old is currently plying his trade with the Championship side after making the move from Spurs to the Potters last week.

Clarke made his debut off the bench against Blackburn last Saturday and also featured as a substitute in the midweek draw with Rotherham.

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O’Neill then gave the Spurs youngster his first start for Stoke in Friday’s defeat to Watford.

Although Clarke is yet to win in red and white, his current manager has been impressed with what he’s seen so far.

“I thought he was very good,” he told the Stoke Sentinel.

“You can see straight away his ability on the ball. He can handle the ball very well. I thought he linked very well with Nathan Collins on that side and Joe Allen.

 

“That’s two very young players who handled it very well against two very good players on that side. It was a good start from Jack.

“In the three games since he’s come in he’s shown great quality and I think he can add something to us.”

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It’s not quite been plain sailing for Clarke since joining Spurs, with his loan spells at Leeds and QPR proving largely fruitless.

The winger stayed at Tottenham in the first half of the 2020-21 season as Jose Mourinho wanted him to develop under his tutelage.

And now, he’s finally getting some much-needed first-team minutes, and O’Neill is pleased with him – so far so good.

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