West Brom have been unexpectedly been linked with a move to sign Jack Clarke on loan from Tottenham this summer – even though he had a 2019/20 season to forget.
Spurs signed Clarke, 19, from Leeds United last summer for £10million before sending him back to Elland Road on a season-long loan.
Although Clarke was a product of Leeds’ academy and was handed plenty of chances by Marcelo Bielsa in his debut season at Elland Road, the Argentine barely took notice of the young forward during his loan spell.
Clarke played just three times in all competitions for the Whites before Tottenham ended up recalling him in January.
After that, QPR took a chance on the 19-year-old and signed him on loan for the rest of the season but in his spell in West London, he made just seven appearances and failed to start a single game.
Stats by WyScout show that Clarke was successful in only 59.1 per cent of his actions in the 2019/20 Championship.
He’s an attacking player who can play on both wings but he failed to fire a single shot at goal in the league with both Leeds and QPR and only five touches inside the penalty area.
Clarke was a major flop on his return to Leeds and wasn’t much better at QPR, even though he did manage to get more game-time.
Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan told Football Insider in May that Clarke’s “progression has been very slow” and that after watching him in the last year, added that he is “miles off the Tottenham side”.
West Brom have just won promotion to the Premier League and with Callum Robinson and Grady Diangana coming to the end of their loan spells, new faces are needed to play on the wings.
But Clarke failed to get a start for a mid-table Championship side and it makes no sense to see him as someone who can replace someone as good as Diangana.
In other West Brom news, Albion are set to bid £7.2million for this international attacker.