Last season was a breakthrough campaign for Leeds United youngster Jack Clarke, as he impressed on the first team stage and secured a dream Premier League move during the summer.
The 18-year-old winger featured 25 times for the Whites, with the majority of his appearances coming from the bench, and found the back of the net twice.
Those performances helped Clarke secure an £8.5m move to Tottenham Hotspur, before the youngster returned to Leeds to continue his development and gain more first team experience.
It hasn’t gone to plan so far for the teenager though, as Marcelo Bielsa is yet to hand him an outing in the Championship this season, with his two run outs coming in the Carabao Cup.
The latest Leeds appearance ended in disaster for Clarke, as he was dragged off at half-time in their 2-2 draw with Stoke City, before watching his side go out of the competition on penalties.
With opportunities hard to come by for the young winger this season, former Whites fullback Danny Mills has weighed in with his opinion on the matter.
“When you get an opportunity, you can’t see it as a punishment,” former Leeds defender Mills commented on Clarke, according to Football Insider.
“You’ve got to see it as an opportunity to perform. He had one opportunity where he came inside and I thought he should have shot and he didn’t – then again, didn’t shoot, didn’t shoot.
“Just a little bit of hesitation, a little lack of self-belief. Other than that, you’d have to say he was fairly ineffective. He didn’t do an awful lot down that left-hand side.
“There were a couple of times where Bielsa was berating him. He’s got to learn.”
Clarke will be frustrated that he isn’t being given an opportunity week-in week-out after returning to Leeds in search of regular football.
However, the youngster has to take advantage of any opportunities that arise, and his latest performance clearly left Bielsa frustrated.
At such a young age Clarke has plenty of football ahead of him, and while the pressure from the United boss may be too much for him to handle at times, the winger needs to start showing the form that earned him a move to Tottenham when given the chance.