Jack Clarke finally clocked up his first Championship appearance of the 2019-20 campaign as the Tottenham Hotspur loanee came on in the 71st minute of Leeds United’s 2-1 win over Luton Town – and Spurs fans have discussed the winger on Twitter.
Clarke, who turned 19 on Saturday, came on during the last third of the match as Leeds earned a late 2-1 win over newly-promoted Luton. It was just his third appearance of the season, and the first in the Championship.
It is a stark difference to last season. Clarke clocked up 25 appearances during 2018-19 after breaking into the side, scoring goals against Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest – as well as laying on crucial assists against Swansea and Sheffield United.
Patrick Bamford scored a brace, the second coming in injury time to keep Leeds ticking with a third consecutive win. Tottenham’s £11.5million (Guardian) summer signing made an impact, but did not have a lasting effect on the game.
Clarke has suffered with the Football League’s loan rule. Leeds have six players on loan, but can only name five in their 18-man matchday squad – and that has seen Clarke miss seven of Leeds’ 18 games. He has been sat on the bench during the rest.
Tottenham fans reacted on Twitter to the news that Clarke had been used as a substitute, just days after Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham Hotspur manager. It was a very varied reaction from Spurs supporters.
— Jake (@THFCJakee) November 23, 2019
Must have been a birthday present
— Gareth McCarter (@g2mcc) November 23, 2019
I mean hes not gonna play for us really…..
— Ben (@Benexcell89) November 23, 2019
I reckon he has had a word. Play him or in January lose him.
— The Real Dave Golder. (@disco1980) November 24, 2019
Because it is his birthday, Bielsa will put him straight on the bench again. Get him back home ffs. He belongs at us
— H (@GioCelsosiuu) November 23, 2019
Jack Clarke in a tough spot — barely getting a kick on loan, the manager who signed him now gone
— Charles COYS (@charlesrich82) November 23, 2019