‘A sensible move for all parties’ – EFL club consider loan for Tottenham Hotspur man: verdict
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Stoke City are reportedly interested in re-signing Jack Clarke on loan in the 2021/22 season according to a recent report from Football initiate.
Clarke saw his loan with the Potters cut short recently after sustaining an injury, which will put him out of action for the remainder of this year’s campaign.
He has made 14 appearances for Michael O’Neill’s side in total, as they sit 11th in the Championship standings with six games remaining in their 2020/21 season.
Clarke has confirmed he returned to Tottenham Hotspur after that injury blow, but it appears Stoke is keen to sign him again ahead of next year’s campaign.
Whether Spurs are ready to send Clarke on loan again remains to be seen, but he has clearly made a good impression with Stoke City this quarter.
But would Clarke be a good addition to the Stoke City squad next season if they sign him on loan again?
We are talking….
I think this sounds like a sensible decision for all parties.
Over the past month or so, Clarke has looked more settled in Stoke and has produced some impressive performances – so it’s such a shame to see her season come to an end with injury.
Michael O’Neill seemed to have figured out how to get him started, so it’s no surprise that the Potters are keen to bring him back on loan next season.
He adds a pace and straightforward running that they lack elsewhere in their squad, so taking him on loan again seems like a smart move.
Hopefully a full season at the club can help him get a real start as he has struggled for consistency since leaving Leeds.
It will be interesting.
Clarke has been used a lot as a sub this year under Michael O’Neill, but I guess Stoke’s boss thinks he can still use Clarke and get a good level out of him.
We know he’s a good footballer since his time at Leeds but he got lost a bit and I think it’s fair to say the move to Spurs was too early for him.
Even so, he has plenty of time to develop and learn and if O’Neill thinks he can bring him back to a constant level then maybe it will work.
Clarke seems like a sane option for Stoke to step back this summer on another Tottenham loan deal, given he is already quite familiar with what Michael O’Neill is trying to get from his end. He will also have built relationships with the rest of the Potters squad, which is important for any new signing entering a club.
He has shown flashes of his quality in his 14 league appearances before his injury, and if Stoke can try to get that kind of quality from him consistently, he would be a great addition to the squad. Clarke knows he is reaching a very important part of his career where he has to start delivering consistent performance to realize his potential.
It will be important for Stoke to be confident about his fitness heading into next season before he does anything for him. The Potters have suffered a lot from injury already this quarter, so they won’t want a repeat with signings arriving this summer.
Stoke seems like a place Clarke could potentially fit in well and show off her quality the next term. However, it will also depend on whether O’Neill plans to play with the wingers consistently or not, if he is, the Tottenham forward is a good option for them to sign again.