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Jack Clarke signs for Tottenham and then goes back on loan to Leeds

The tale of his transfer, or There and Back Again

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Leeds United announced a departure and a loan signing at almost the same time today. And it involved the same player. Wait, what?

And then...

So the report that came out from Phil Hay, the Oracle of Yorkshire, over the weekend turned out to be accurate. Jack Clarke has been sold to Tottenham Hotspur, which had been rumoured for some time, and has returned to Leeds on loan.

Per the club’s official website:

Leeds United are pleased to announce the loan signing of Jack Clarke from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

Clarke completed a permanent move to Tottenham on Tuesday, but now returns to Elland Road until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

Last season Clarke made 25 appearances for the Whites, scoring two goals and providing two assists.

The 18-year-old will return to training with Marcelo Bielsa’s side with immediate effect.

So Clarke leaves, and then comes back again, all in the same day. Clarke will still be around to help Leeds achieve promotion this season while the club was able to get a decent profit on his sale to Spurs.

Leeds have been active in the loan market already, with Jack Harrison rejoining Leeds for a second year on loan from Manchester City and Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion also signing on loan. The club also officially signed teenager Liam McCarron from Carlisle United, but he’s headed for the U23s.

So Leeds are keeping the team that lost in the playoff semifinals pretty much intact, with a few additions. Can this team finally get Leeds back into the Premier League? Or does the club need to add anyone else, like perhaps a striker?

Let us know what you think in the comments.