Noel Whelan has acknowleged the growing comparisons between Leeds United legend Eddie Gray and young Whites star Jack Clarke.  

The teenage talent has made an impact under head coach Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road this season and again caught the eye as he came off the bench to help the Whites to come-from-behind 3-2 win at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Clarke's exploits have seen comparisons drawn between himself and Leeds legend Gray, and Whelan is a firm fan of what the teenager is currently doing in a white shirt.

With comparisons with Gray drawn, Whelan said at the win at Villa Park on BBC Radio Leeds: "Great ball manipulation hasn't he? Great close control, like Eddie himself; [he was] a fantastic player, a legend for the club.

"I'm sure Jack Clarke would see many goals that Eddie scored, and it's great to see him score a goal and get off the mark with his first goal for his club", he added.

Clarke will be looking to kick on with his development over the coming months at Leeds, with the Whites pushing to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

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Gray, who is still involved with the club, made 577 appearances in a white shirt.

He was on the books at Elland Road from 1965 until 1983 and also had a spell as permanent manager from 1982 until 1985.