It says a lot about how impressive Jack Clarke was during Leeds’ win over Derby that so many plaudits have come his way while so many remain determined to put their deliberately-controversial views on Spygate across.
But unlike some of the pundits that are desperately holding onto relevancy, Clarke clearly has a long, long career ahead of him at the highest level.
It is easy to forget that Friday saw the winger’s first start in the Championship. But he was remarkable. He set up the first goal, played a vital role in the second and gave Derby’s defenders a torrid night.
It was the kind of performance that we may discuss for years to come. But what arguably made Clarke’s display all the more frightening is that I somehow feel that we still haven’t seen the best of him yet.
His change of pace was electric. It did not matter how many times he beat Derby’s full-back on the outside, he could not be stopped.
Of course, his crossing was crucial to Leeds’ win. But there were also a handful of times where Clarke possibly made the wrong decision or did not get his ball into the box quite right.
He saw the ball so much that that was always going to happen. But do not be surprised if he puts in several better performances before the season concludes.
It was a 10/10 display from Clarke. But somehow, somehow, it feels as though there is still so much more to come from the teenager.