According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, writing for Football Insider, Leeds United are going to have to brace themselves regarding transfer interest in starlet Jack Clarke.

O’Rourke says that “four unnamed” Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on the exciting youngster. Not only this, but he goes on to say that these clubs will “test Leeds United’s resolve to hang on to their prize asset” and “are planning to table big-money bids.”

Clarke is the latest of a number of players to break through into the Whites first team, coming through to such a degree that he looks a natural.

18-year-old Clarke has featured 11 times for Marcelo Bielsa’s table=topping Leeds United side. He’s been mainly used as an impact sub, and it is his impact that has caught the eyes of these top-tier admirers.

Those 11 appearances, totalling just 357 minutes of action, have seen the York-born youngster score two goals (against Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest) and an assist (against Sheffield United). Yet, the young winger is more than just headline figures.

Whenever he comes on, his direct style of play, where he drives at opponents, turns the tide in games. Add all of this together and it is easy to see just why Premier League sides would be interested in bringing in Jack Clarke.

Clarke’s Leeds United face a resurgent Derby County side at Elland Road tomorrow evening. The Whites are in something of a mini-slump at the moment, losing their last two games against Hull City (2-0) and Nottingham Forest (4-2).

Still, they are at the top of the table by a two-point margin, but that will be scant consolation should any Premier League sides come a-sniffing for Jack Clarke.

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