Noel Whelan backs Leeds to make Jack Harrison move permanent
Noel Whelan has told BBC Radio Leeds (broadcast on 22/2 from 17:00) that Leeds United would be getting a bargain by making Jack Harrison’s loan move permanent for £8 million this summer, and he backed the winger to be a success if the Whites secure promotion to the Premier League.
Harrison has been a revelation for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season. He came in for a lot of criticism during his first loan spell at Leeds. But he has proved Bielsa right and a lot of people wrong with his form this term.
The 23-year-old has scored five goals and contributed six assists in the league for the promotion-chasers.
Leeds confirmed on their official website when Harrison rejoined for a second loan spell that they have the option to make his deal permanent.
And it was suggested by the Manchester Evening News in January that Manchester City are looking for a fee of around £8 million.
And following Leeds’s 1-0 win over Reading at the weekend, Whelan insisted that the Whites should have no hesitation meeting City’s demands.
“Harrison, he’s looking like £8 million and that’s a bargain in my opinion. He’s getting better,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.
“I think he could,” he added, when asked whether he could cut it at the highest level. “What you’ve got to wait for is when you’re actually there and we see him playing against the likes of Manchester City, even your Aston Villas, your West Hams, your Evertons. There’s the test because they’re not the best of the best in the Premier League.”
TBR View – Leeds have already had glimpse of Harrison’s top flight potential
Whelan is right to reserve judgement concerning Harrison’s ability to make the grade in the top flight. Leeds, of course, also have to get themselves across the line in the promotion race.
But the Whites have perhaps also been given a reason to believe that the wide-man could be a major success in the Premier League.
Harrison was arguably the best player on the pitch during the first-half of Leeds’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal in January. He was outstanding on the right-wing as Bielsa’s men gave the Gunners a major scare.
He clearly has the ability to cause problems at English football’s top table. And it would be no surprise if making his move permanent this summer proved to be a formality for Leeds should they get themselves promoted.
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