They say that there’s no smoke without fire.
And whilst I’m not 100% sure that the fire is there, there is just a little bit of smoke that is making me think this is how things are going to happen.
As recent reports will tell you, QPR believe that they have an ‘edge’ over other teams when it comes to pursuing the signature of Tottenham’s Jack Clarke, believing that Mark Warburton’s “strong reputation” of developing young players, as well as his connections to the North London club will mean that the 19-year-old is likely to move to West London.
Whilst I have had my doubts over the move, saying that he’d find it hard to break into the team because of the likes of Bright Osayi-Samuel and Eberechi Eze in front of him. However, it then clicked on me, that it could simply be a case of one man in, one man out as it were.
Eze has found himself being circled by a number of Premier League clubs, including Southampton (The Sun on Sunday, page 61, January 5 2020) and Sheffield United, and QPR boss Warburton has said in the past that he wouldn’t be against letting him go, saying that “every player in the world has got a price”.
When you put the two trains of thought together, all of a sudden you find yourself with Eze in the Premier League, for whatever fee eventually gets agreed, and Clarke at Loftus Road until the end of the season whilst we find a long term solution for Eze.
Would Jack Clarke be a good signing for us?
I honestly don’t think it’s that farfetched an idea when you look at the evidence, and it would certainly be a great way of bringing in not only a player with potential based on his track record in this division, but also an amount of cash that would allow us the opportunity to spend on the rest of the squad.