Jack Clarke’s future at Tottenham Hotspur will be decided in the coming weeks by new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo amid mounting interest in the young winger.
The 29-year-old signed for Spurs from Leeds United in the summer of 2019 but was sent back to the club on loan as part of the deal after Mauricio Pochettino decided he was not quite ready for the Premier League.
He struggled for game time during that loan and then in a subsequent spell at QPR in the second half of the season.
However, during pre-season last summer Clarke impressed Jose Mourinho, who had since replaced Pochettino at the helm at Spurs.
It was widely acknowledged that along with his attacking qualities, the winger was one of the fittest players at the club and Mourinho saw potential in Clarke.
That Tottenham were involved in the Europa League also provided extra opportunities to hand him his debut in the group stages.
Clarke made two appearances from the bench in the competition and again in the FA Cup tie at Marine, before it was decided to send the wide man to Stoke City on loan in January.
There he got plenty of game time under Michael O’Neill, with 14 appearances in the Championship, while laying on two assists before ankle injury ended his season in April.
Now he is back at Hotspur Way and working with new boss Espirito Santo during pre-season among a crowded bunch of attacking wide men at the club.
football.london understands that there is interest in Clarke from two teams in the Championship and one club in Belgium about taking him on loan this season.
For Spurs, their involvement in the Europa Conference League and the play-off round means Espirito Santo is likely to blood young academy players and give minutes to fringe players in the inaugural season of UEFA’s third tier competition.
The Portuguese will look at Clarke closely in the upcoming pre-season friendlies, which begin at Leyton Orient on Saturday, and decide whether Clarke is better served doing what he did last season and remaining until January or instead getting a full season of regular football under his belt elsewhere.
Source by Football London