Leeds agreeing Jack Harrison option looks like masterstroke
In a game where a number of Leeds United players staked a claim, you would have found it incredibly difficult to suggest that anyone deserved the man of the match award from Saturday’s 4-0 win over Hull City more than Jack Harrison.
Harrison produced a remarkable performance at the KCOM Stadium. He looked a threat going forward throughout the game. And his display was all the more impressive given that he was tasked with patrolling the entire left flank when Marcelo Bielsa changed his system during the first-half.
Whoscored.com shows that he played four key passes during the win – no player provided more – while also completing six dribbles – two more than anyone else on the pitch. He also won two tackles and three interceptions.
He, of course, also hit the woodwork with a brilliant effort during the second-half. But that performance was hardly an anomaly.
Harrison has scored five and contributed six assists in the Championship this term. He has already bettered last season’s statistics in both areas.
With that in mind, it would arguably be fair to suggest that an agreement that the club reached last summer could prove to be one of their most inspired for a very long time.
When Leeds announced on their official website that Harrison had returned for a second loan spell in the summer, they confirmed that they had agreed an option with Manchester City that could allow them to make the move permanent.
And it was suggested by the Manchester Evening News in January that the fee would be £8 million.
Based on his form this season, Harrison could command a much bigger fee. So it could prove a masterstroke for Leeds to make sure that that agreement was already in place.
Whites fans would have been forgiven for slamming the idea of the club paying £8 million to sign Harrison after last season.
But now, that fee is looking like a potential steal from the promotion-chasers with Harrison proving to be a revelation this term.
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