£51k/wk attacker must step up for Leeds next season if he wants permanent move
Jack Harrison is on the verge of a return to Leeds on another season-long loan.
And The Daily Mail has reported that he will sign a new contract with Man City before he heads to Elland Road in the next few days, with his contract set to expire in 2021.
Leeds have also got an option to buy this time, although they would surely only be able to trigger that if they get promoted.
£51k-a-week is Premier League wages, decent Premier League wages at that. And that’s presuming Pep doesn’t give him a top-up when he offers Harrison a new contract.
The one-year extension is likely just a way of Man City protecting their asset. If he doesn’t sign for Leeds in the summer Harrison will be one year off the end of his current deal and six months away from being able to negotiate with overseas clubs over a free transfer.
If Leeds are to get promoted, though, Harrison will have to be better than he was last season.
That’s our verdict and we’ve got the stats to back it up. 0.06 assists per game is poor and an xG of 0.16 needs improving [www.wyscout.com]. We watched him a lot last season and he was a constant source of frustration, with intermittent flashes of brilliance that showed what he is capable of when he hits the heights.
Remember his pass for Kemar Roofe in the play-off semi-final against Derby at Pride Park? More of that please.
We’re not arguing that he doesn’t work hard and Bielsa has said that he’s impressed with Harrison’s workrate. If he can tease consistency out of Harrison then Leeds could have a real player on their hands.
As it is though, we’d have to say that he’s not worth his inflated wages and at 22 it’s time for him to step up and prove himself.