Clarke out, Harrison in? This is how the stats stack up for Leeds
Leeds wonderkid Jack Clarke is homing in on a move to Tottenham for a reported fee of £10m ([Phil Hay].
His move should unlock incomings and the player most likely to sign first is Jack Harrison, back for another season-long loan.
Phil Hay has said that the Harrison deal should be done over the weekend but that Leeds will have an option to buy this time.
That’s one winger out (on a permanent) and one in (on loan with an option).
We know there are Leeds fans that aren’t too enthused by this ‘swap’ so we thought we’d run the numbers from last season [source: www.wyscout.com] and see how the two players compare.
As you can see, the bulk of the green sits with Clarke. All of these figures are averages per 90 minutes and Harrison played a lot more – 42 games in total with 37 starts, compared to 25 appearances for Clarke with just four starts.
Both players need to improve their end products and 0.06 assists per 90 for Harrison is really poor.
His xG is slightly higher than Clarke but, by way of comparison, Daniel James is significantly higher than both with 0.24.
Harrison has better long pass numbers and is very similar for crosses. In fact, when you look across the board, it’s only really dribbles where Clarke comes out on top. And his numbers are brilliant.
If it came down to a straight choice between the two players? You’d probably take Clarke but that wasn’t what was on offer.
Perhaps a better question is would you sign Clarke on a permanent deal for £10m? Leeds aren’t in the position to do that.
It’s also fair to say that Harrison looked better towards the end of the season and Marcelo Bielsa obviously likes what he sees. A full pre-season after a full season with Bielsa should pay dividends.
We’ll revisit as the season goes on but we think the Harrison numbers will improve dramatically in the 19/20 season.