Paul Heckingbottom dropped the biggest hint yet that Jack Clarke could well be getting a call-up to the first-team in the coming weeks. When asked the question in today’s pre-Bolton presser he said that it was “possible” which you would think means it’s probably going to happen, and it’s more than deserved.
Clarke is a key part in the under 23’s as they catch the eye, winning four games on the bounce in their section, moving up and into play-off contention under the new regime. Clarke normally plays off the left and his ability to go past players has become very evident. He has been in fine form for some time now, as have the under 23’s all round and Carlos Corberan is helping develop the likes of Clarke in a short space of time. He has stepped up from the under 18’s this season and it has become very clear that even the under 23’s are easier than it should be at times. Paul Heckingbottom has a very good record bringing through youngsters and since his arrival at Leeds United he has made Baily peacock-Farrell the number one and promoted Tom Pearce to the first-team, he’s expected to start against Bolton on Friday.
Leeds need to start winning games and fast, although Paul Heckingbottom isn’t currently under pressure it will begin to ramp up if we fail to pick up points and soon. The fact he’s brining in the young players is good to see, we have some real talent in at the club and they need first-team exposure but we need to make sure it isn’t for the sake of it, and so far they have been for the right reasons. Clarke would add a fearless attitude if he was played and maybe that’s what we need. Our wide areas haven’t been in great this season, Gjanni Alioski has had his moments, Stuart Dallas hasn’t really hit form and Hadi Sacko hasn’t hit any sort of form at all. Clarke to be given a chance? Why not.