Marcelo Bielsa provides update on Tottenham loanee Jack Clarke

Marcelo Bielsa provides update on Tottenham loanee Jack Clarke

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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa said that Jack Clarke is improving – but didn’t reveal whether he’ll be returning to Tottenham in January.

Clarke, who doesn’t turn 19 until next month, joined Spurs in the summer, but immediately moved back to Elland Road on loan for the rest of the season.

But Clarke has made just two appearances for the Whites this season – both of which in the Carabao Cup – and hasn’t played a single minute for Leeds in the Championship this term.

The winger went six consecutive matches without being included in a matchday squad in the league, although he has been named in the previous six in the absence of midfielder Pablo Hernandez, who has been injured. Although, with the Spaniard fit and available for selection, Clarke is set to drop back down to playing U23s football over the coming weeks.

Bielsa was asked about Clarke in his pre-match press conference for Leeds’ game against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday and told Leeds Live: “He is improving. Clarke has a process that allows him to play in the first team. After he had a problem far from a long period.

“Now, step by step, he’s finding his level. When an attacker plays well, he immediately becomes a resource for the manager because it’s very difficult to play well when you are attacking.

“Clarke has the same options as Pablo, Helder and Harrison. When he’s powered to unbalance a match he’s better than one of his team-mates. He’s going to have space because all the managers pay attention, no manager would ignore his skill.”

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