Sky Sports presenter David Prutton has spoken of Jack Clarke’s permanent move to Sunderland and the club’s ‘huge asset’ which will help them in their return to the Championship.
The Black Cats secured promotion via the play-offs to the second tier after a four-year stint in Ligue 1, during which they fell through the play-offs twice before getting the job done last season under Alex Neil .
Clarke, 21, was instrumental in the long-awaited promotion of Wearsiders, playing 20 games on loan for the club last season, which was turned into a permanent transfer this summer from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
Clarke quickly rose to prominence, coming through the Leeds United academy and putting in impressive performances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the 2018/19 season, attracting interest from many clubs. Spurs won that battle to sign the youngster, paying £10million for his services.
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However, Clarke never really had a chance during three frustrating years of unsuccessful loan spells, but he may have found a home in Sunderland. Prutton believes Clarke “has something to prove” as he seeks to get his career back on track.
Prutton said on the Mirror Championship Preview : “[Sunderland] knew jack [Clarke] and what kind of player he was having him under his wing last season. I think he has a point to prove, and I don’t think that’s too weird to say. For a guy who burst onto the scene with Leeds, moved massively to Spurs and is now looking to reassert himself and show what he can do.
On Sunderland as a whole, Prutton went on to explain how the club’s large fan base will be a big factor in how they perform next season and it will be a big occasion when the top clubs in the Championship come to the Stadium. of Light.
“The way Alex [Neil] talked about how Sunderland saw themselves and how they were seen by the wider football community was that they were better than a League One club, but his vision was that we are in Ligue 1, so we’re not better, but now it’s different.
“Is this the big climb back to the Premier League? Season ticket sales have been huge for Ligue 1, massive for the Championship and big English football in general. So without taking away from what Alex and the staff are doing on the ground, support is going to play a huge role with the scenes there [at the Stadium of Light]. This is a huge asset for them. »
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