Tottenham’s £10 million summer signing Jack Clarke lost the battle of the Spurs loanees after Cameron Carter Vickers’ Stoke City moved into the Third Round of the Carabao Cup with a penalty shoot-out victory at Leeds United on Tuesday evening.
Clarke, starting for just the second time this term – both of which have come in the League Cup – was dragged off at half-time by Marcelo Bielsa with his side trailing 2-0 to their Championship rivals.
Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah pulled a goal back in the second period and then Helder Costa scored a late equaliser, but the visitors progressed 5-4 on spot-kicks. It’s a major blow for the 18-year-old, who hasn’t featured for the Whites in the league this term and this competition looked like his best chance to gain valuable minutes before he returns to Spurs at the end of the season.
Clarke wasn’t included in the squad for their victory at the Potters on Saturday, the third game in succession he has been left out by the Argentine.
As for Carter-Vickers, he played the full 90 minutes as his Stoke side collected a much-needed victory, just their second of the campaign, both of which have come in the Carabao Cup.
Stoke join the American’s parent club Tottenham and their other top-six rivals in tomorrow evenings Third Round draw which takes place after the conclusion of Everton’s game at Lincoln City.