Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for Tottenham winger Jack Clarke when Chris Hughton was in charge.
The Reds ultimately targeted other options though and in January, the Spurs man signed for Sunderland on loan.
It’s early days for Clarke at the Black Cats but perhaps he’s showcasing exactly why Forest were right to avoid signing him.
The youngster has lost his way since leaving Leeds. He cost Spurs £10 million and he was immediately loaned back to the Elland Road outfit.
That move didn’t prove particularly fruitful and he was soon on his way to QPR. There he made just seven appearances and went to Stoke instead.
At the Bet 365 Stadium, he did show some potential. There, he failed to score but he did register two assists for the Potters.
Now he’s at Sunderland and once again he’s struggling to make a real impact with the League One outfit.
In the last two games, he’s registered one assist and scored his first goal for the club during a 3-1 win over Fleetwood.
Clarke will have hoped for better during this particular loan with Sunderland going pretty well in League One this season.
Instead, the 21-year-old is struggling to make an impact and it’s difficult to imagine him receiving Championship interest in the summer.
Forest must now move on from Clarke
Although stats can sometimes be deceiving, Forest rely on their attacking players to weigh in with goals and assists.
Steve Cooper does have a proud record with younger talents and perhaps that’s one reason why Clarke might prove a decent addition.
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Ultimately, the Reds can’t take any passengers though and signing Clarke would represent a sizeable risk for the club.
Forest would be better served to move on from Clarke following previous interest.