This year has seen the England football team make big strides and there’s been an emphasis on youth. Those with a long memory will remember the days when Leeds United dominated English football. They supplied many a player for the England team, could another be on the way in the shape of 18-year-old winger Jack Clarke.
Another Famous Jack
He wouldn’t be the first ‘Jack’ from the club to star for England with the legendary Jack Charlton being part of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. Leeds have been in the doldrums for a while now, but this season are pushing hard for promotion back to the Premier League, 14 years after their last appearance in the top-flight.
Jack Clarke came through the Leeds academy and only signed his first professional contact with the club last year. He made his debut in January of this year and hasn’t looked back since then.
He recently won rave reviews for his performance in the Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United. He came on as a substitute and his assist got Leeds a vital win. Team-mate Pablo Hernandez believes that Clarke “has a lot of quality” and “can be a big player in the future for Leeds United.” His manager Marcelo Bielsa is equally impressed saying: “every time he plays, he makes the difference.”
Interest from Manchester City
Leeds face a battle to keep him though with Manchester City being keen on signing him even before he signed his first professional contract with Leeds. He’s already being tipped as a future England international and at Ladbrokes it’s only 6/4 that he plays for the national team.
Signing for Manchester City would help boost his profile, but he’d also spend far more time just sitting on a bench. Staying with Leeds and possibly winning promotion this season looks a better short-term prospect. He seems to have a very bright future and that price is only going to get shorter and shorter.
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