Noel Whelan has warned Jack Clarke he could be sold by Tottenham in January if he fails to prove himself over the coming months.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the 19-year-old is at a “massive moment in his career” after he remained with Spurs past Friday’s domestic deadline.
As revealed by Football Insider on Friday, Tottenham refused to let the teenage winger leave on loan for the Championship despite interest from a number of second-tier clubs.
The young forward, who has yet to feature for Spurs’ senior side since his £10million move last summer, is now set to remain in north London until January at the earliest.
Whelan believes that the Lilywhites’ coaching staff will assessing whether Clarke has the potential to be a first-team player and warns he could be sold if he fails to impress over the next two months.
“Is it for Tottenham to assess him and see if he’s going to have the ability and quality in the future to become a Tottenham player? That is my thinking,” Whelan told Football Insider.