Leeds United moved into second place in the Championship last night with a 1-0 win over Reading. It was a game that will be noted for the heroics of goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell. The young stopper, under pressure from understudy Will Huffer, saved a 90th minute Marc McNulty penalty to secure all three points at Elland Road.
But Marcelo Bielsa must take credit for two half-time substitutions that saw the game explode into life.
One of the players who came into the game was youngster Jack Clarke. Brought on for Ezgjan Alioski, who continues to frustrate Leeds fans, the youngster was in fine form. The 18-year-old gave Reading left-back Chris Gunter nightmares with a direct, fast and dynamic style that asked constant questions of the Reading defence.
With Alioksi and Jack Harrison struggling for their best form, Clarke surely has a chance at starting a game for Leeds soon?
Clarke has been brought into the first-team by Bielsa this season much to the joy of the Leeds fans. They love to see a local lad done good and last night was yet another indication of how special Clarke might be.
Leeds fans were near-universal in their praise on Twitter…
You’ll get a start soon kid, keep being direct and making things happen.
— Micky P Kerr (@MickyPKerr) November 27, 2018
And what a performance from you! Keep up the hard work. #mot 💪🔥
— Ashli Burchill ⚽ (@AshliBurchill) November 27, 2018
You’re going to be something else if you keep at it mate 😍
— Liam (@Liamdestroyer39) November 27, 2018
Great game Jack you looked like a real menace , you definitely scare the cr*p out of left backs , so keep doing what you’re doing haha
— Dave Duracell (@DaveDuracell) November 28, 2018
Alan Smith number 2
— Darren Barker (@DarrenB2789) November 28, 2018
Clarke asking questions there. Think he should be coming in now for alioski. Jansson in for baker and move phillips back up. Frustrating game where Pablo could have had 2, Saiz showed class but also that frustrating side but he can’t be far off a recall. #lufc
— d̳e̳a̳n̳ (@deancore) November 27, 2018
Jack Clarke was superb tonight. What a fearless young player. #LUFC
— Jamie Collins (@LUJC83) November 27, 2018
We’ve had more out of Jack Clarke in these first 15 mins than we’ve seen from Alioski in the last 5 games. #lufc
— Jonny Howard (@Jonny__Howard) November 27, 2018
Jack Clarke is a beautiful talent and a joy to watch, hope this spells the start of some more game time! #LUFC
— LM (@LM_LUFC) November 27, 2018