The permanent departure of young Leeds United Academy talent Jack Clarke to Tottenham Hotspur was a disappointment for many fans.
The 18-year-old has returned for the coming 2019/20 Championship campaign and he’s one of the players who remain at the training ground to work on his fitness with the rest of the group out in Australia for our mini tour Down Under.
Clarke did a few interview runs last week with the media where he talked about the disappointments of last season, his desire for more game time and how he knew he’d have to step up this year because he was no longer an unknown quality and he admitted the loan back to Elland Road was perfect so hopefully he could depart having played his part in returning us to the Premier League as he’d achieve a ‘childhood dream’ if he could do that.
In the chat, he also commented to the Yorkshire Evening Post:
“Obviously there was always a plan to move on from Leeds eventually but I’d have much preferred it if we’d have gone up last year.”
That certainly caught people’s attention and whilst it was certainly idiotic as it’s just not something you say, the harsher reactions to the words that came in seem over the top. Loyalty is a rare commodity in the modern game with the riches available and like it or not, if a player believes they can reach the top, until Leeds are back there and challenging, we shouldn’t really expect anything else.
Few slices off the full loaf is Jack
What a ridiculous thing to think, and especially to say
— Bielsa Ball ???????? (@BallBielsa) July 12, 2019
Needs to watch what he says did it in his spurs interview and when he came back on loan or we could fall out and he wishes he hadnt come back ????
— Jordan Townend (@Jordan91966387) July 12, 2019
Idiotic comment from him. I didn't see him starting much this season (even if he was still ours) and if there is an agreement now that he has to play then better off sending him back to Spurs now.
— Irish_Leeds ???????? (@Irish_Leeds) July 12, 2019
Needs to get better people around him if he’s dumb enough to come out with lines like that. I wouldn’t have had him back. Imagine Shackleton and him comparing wages?
— Jon (@Unloaded_Loaded) July 12, 2019
The arrogance of entitlement. This is why you do not invite that back into your dressing room once they are sold.
— Mol (@Mayo_GodHelpUs) July 12, 2019
First janson and know Jack Clarke what and idiot
— Joe (@Rhino12344) July 12, 2019