Former Leeds United attacker Noel Whelan is sure that the Whites have a real player on their hands in the shape of young Jack Clarke. 

The teenage talent has broken into the first team picture under Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa and Whites fans have been left excited by what they have seen of the winger.

It has also been claimed that Liverpool are tracking Clarke, with the current Premier League leaders closely monitoring his progress at Elland Road.

Whelan is seriously impressed with Clarke and believes that his football intelligence, combined with his ability, means that Leeds have a real player on their hands.

"He likes to get by people, he likes to drive into the box, he's a dangerous player", Whelan said on BBC Radio Leeds, following the Whites' win at Villa Park.

"He doesn't do it by kicking the ball and running after it. The ball is always under control at his feet.

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"He always knows what he's doing. He is an intelligent football player.

"If the space is there to pass it, to spread it out wide, he does it.

"He's a thinker. That's the thing. When you've got a player like that, with that amount of ability, with that ball control, with that pace, a player that can glide past another individual, you know you've got a real player on your hands", the former Leeds attacker added.

Clarke has had four 45 minutes stints in Leeds' last five Championship games, with the Whites winning every match.

He netted Leeds' first goal at Villa Park, sparking a come-from-behind win for the Whites against Dean Smith's men.