Jack Clarke’s uninspiring loan spell back at Leeds United continued this weekend after he was dropped down to play for the Whites’ U23s team.

The 18-year-old made his second appearance – his only other coming in that competition against Salford earlier this month – of the season in Tuesday evenings penalty shoot-out defeat to Stoke City in the Carabao Cup, but was hauled off at half-time by Marcelo Bielsa after a poor display at Elland Road.

Clarke was then unsurprisingly left out the Argentine’s 18-man squad for the fourth time in succession for their 1-0 defeat to Swansea City in West Yorkshire on Saturday.

He played 85 minutes as Leeds’ Under-23s were held to a goalless draw by Bristol City at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

With their next cup match not coming until the 3rd Round of the FA Cup in early January, Clarke’s opportunities are likely to be limited in the coming months, especially with a maximum of five loanees allowed in a Championship matchday squad, something Leeds done in their previous four league outings.




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