What Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has told Tottenham loanee Jack Clarke after snubbing ace


Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has assured Jack Clarke that he will be given a chance to play this year.

Clarke, who joined Tottenham in the summer for £10million before being loaned back to Leeds for the season, has only featured in the Carabao Cup this season.

But the 18-year-old hasn’t even made the substitutes bench for Bielsa’s side during their unbeaten Championship run.

Leeds take on Stoke this weekend in the league before hosting the Potters again next Tuesday in the Carabao Cup.

And Bielsa has made clear his intentions of giving Clarke some game time.

“For me he’s an important player who has very good individual skills, one vs one,” the Argentine said.

“There are reasons enough to say nothing is special about why he was not in the 18 players in the last two games.

“We have a lot of matches in the month of August.”

But Bielsa hinted that Clarke’s opportunity to shine would once again come in Leeds’ cup exploits.

“Very probably the next game on Tuesday a lot of players who didn’t play before will be in the squad,” he added.

“In this moment I am focusing on three wingers. They are putting in good performances, but Clarke will be in or be a substitute of one of them.”

Last season, Leeds failed to secure promotion to the Premier League despite Bielsa’s swashbuckling style of football.

The Yorkshire side ended up on the losing side of their Championship play-off semi-final clash with Derby, who beat them 4-3 on aggregate.

Bielsa added: “We had a very good performance at the start of last season.

“But it’s true at the same time that to compare last season with this season is too early. We have only had four games, so we have to wait.”


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