Tottenham stumped up £10million (BBC) to sign Jack Clarke from Leeds United in the summer from Leeds United, which at the moment looks like a strange piece of business.
The 19-year-old was loaned straight back to Elland Road to remain with Leeds for the 2019/20 campaign, but Spurs recalled him in January and shipped him out to Championship rivals QPR.
He played just three first-team games for Leeds in the first half of the season and they were unable to allow him regular minutes to help his development.
The right-winger has played in four games since linking up with QPR, but a similar pattern is starting to occur and it should worry parent club Spurs.
Clarke has only been given late cameo appearances off the bench in the league and is yet to start a Championship fixture, while he was an unused substitute in midweek during a draw against Swansea City.
He cost Spurs an eight-figure transfer sum in the summer, but he looks a million miles away from first-team contention under Jose Mourinho and another half a season playing limited football won’t help.
Clarke is an exciting talent on the ball that is a quick dribbler and has plenty of pace, but he’s yet to really convert that potential on the first-team stage.
He’s only played in 32 senior matches during his short career so far, scoring two goals and supplying two assists in return.
There was a lot of excitement around Yorkshire when Clarke came through the ranks at Leeds, but perhaps that was a little premature and the pressure put on him was a bit extreme.
Spurs will be keeping close tabs on their loanee to see how he fares moving forward, but it looks like a long time before he will be seen in North London and they will need to plan his next step more carefully to help him.