We haven’t gotten a whole lot of opportunities to see what Jack Clarke can do thus far, as he’s been more or less stuck on Leeds’ bench for the opening few matches of the season. However, he got a chance to shine today for England’s U20s in an Elite League match against Switzerland.
In fact, he did more than shine — he scored the game’s only goal in the 93rd minute to give the Young Lions the win. Check it out!
Some brief observations:
- Jack Clarke is a big lad.
- That was a well-directed header.
- What in the world was going on with Switzerland’s defending?! It’s a nice goal, but there wasn’t a red shirt within ten feet of Clarke at the back post and how the hell does that even happen?
Clarke hasn’t played much on loan for Leeds this season, mostly because he’s the sixth loanee on a team where you can only call up five to the match-day squad. And that sucks for him, because if he can’t get first team minutes at Leeds, the club that gave him his breakthrough, where the heck will he get minutes? (Answer: England, I guess)
Still, that goal is a nice moment and gives you a brief look at the kinds of things he brings to the table. It’s whether he can translate those kinds of moments to a Champions League caliber club team that’s the real question. Jury’s still out there, but there’s definitely potential.