Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan has criticised Jack Clarke after he has struggled to make a positive impact for QPR since joining in January.
The winger completed a £10m move to Tottenham last summer from Leeds United but was immediately loaned back to the Whites for the current campaign. However, that was cut short in January as the youngster failed to force his way into Marcelo Bielsa’s XI for the first part of the season, with Spurs then sending Clarke to the R’s for the remainder of the season.
Yet, things haven’t really gone to plan, with Mark Waburton selecting the the 19-year-old for just five substitute appearances in the league, with Clarke still to register a goal or assist in a Hoops shirt. And, speaking to Football Insider, Whelan feels the wide man needs to take stock of where his career is going after he has struggled to replicate the exciting form he showed after breaking through at Leeds.
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“He has not done it at QPR, they were disappointed and wanted more. He has a lot of thinking to do. He needs to get the bit between his teeth and prove a point to people. At the moment, he is dwindling away. People have forgotten about him.”
The challenge for Clarke when the season resumes will be to try and get into the R’s team for the remaining nine games of the season, although that will be tough for the player. The team are unbeaten in six, with the Spurs loanee featuring for just 29 minutes in that period, with the likes of Eberechi Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel starring in that time. The recent run has left the Londoners just six points away from the play-off places, so they will still have hopes of winning promotion.