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Report: Tottenham’s Jack Clarke close to loan to Stoke City

Stoke apparently view Clarke as an integral part of the way they want to play.

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There’s another potentially exciting loan coming for a young Tottenham Hotspur player currently on the fringes of the squad. According to Alasdair Gold in, Jack Clarke is expected to complete a loan to Championship side Stoke City until the end of the season.

As he implies in the above tweet, Clarke would be considered a starter at Stoke, a club Spurs beat 3-1 earlier this season in the League Cup. Clarke is definitely considered in Jose Mourinho’s future plans at Tottenham, and he is well regarded within the youth ranks at Spurs, but at present there aren’t many first team minutes available to him. Moving to Stoke would give him valuable first team opportunities for a Championship side that is within striking distance of a playoff spot.

That seems pretty ideal for a 20-year old winger that has Premier League ambitions, honestly. He spent the first half of the season playing Premier League 2 football with the U23s, but training with the first team alongside Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura, and Gareth Bale.

It’s also high time that Clarke got a good loan, since his past two have been pretty bad. Originally signed from Leeds, he was loaned back to them for the first half of last season but was the sixth loan in that side in a league that only allows five loanees in a matchday squad, and he hardly played. He was loaned out to QPR in the spring but was used sparingly. Hopefully a half year of Premier League first team training will mean that he’ll get a much greater look at Stoke than he had prior.

We’ll be waiting for confirmation, but this seems like a really good move for Clarke, and for Tottenham.