Leeds United may have already secured the bargain of the summer with Jack Harrison confirming an agreement that will take him to Elland Road on a permanent basis.
Harrison is currently in the midst of a third successive loan spell at Leeds from Manchester City but he will end up moving for good in the summer for a bargain £10million fee.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post that is the estimated figure that the Whites will have to pay for the winger who has become a mainstay in the side under Marcelo Bielsa.
Harrison told Grant Wahl’s Futbol podcast that there has already been movement behind the scenes on his summer move, saying: “I think this summer something is already in place, my agent knows more about all of this stuff than I do.”
He added: “We always joke that I’m going to come back for a fourth year on loan. I think a lot of the lads still find it hard to believe I’m still on loan. We’ll see what happens in the summer.”
Victor Orta has landed some gems during his time as Leeds director of football but this may just be the deal that ends up trumping all before it.
As an English 24-year-old who has scored five Premier League in his first 20 appearances, Harrison is a valuable asset who would be expected to fetch well in excess of £25million now, and potentially much more
However, it looks like Leeds will land him for less half of that with a £10million option and that is testament to the great work done by Orta in the boardroom and Bielsa on the training field.
Harrison’s first loan spell in English football was a rather forgettable one at Middlesbrough in 2017/18 where he made just four Championship appearances but Bielsa has transformed him into what is now an established Premier League player proving he can mix it with the best.
This is evidenced in a number of intriguing statistics derived from Wyscout.
Only three players have produced more crosses than him this season and his accuracy also ranks him among the highest performers in the league (12th), with 35.87%.
Furthermore only Jack Grealish, Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne have made more key passes than Harrison (19) and he has four assists to his name during the current campaign.
He also makes 4.15 recoveries per 90 in the Premier League and he fits seamlessly into the high-octane football that Bielsa demands of his players.
His importance is summed up by the fact that he has started every league game possible (20) for Leeds this season, with his only absence coming against parent club Manchester City under the terms of his loan agreement.
At MOT Leeds News we cannot wait to see Harrison sign on the dotted line and become a permanent Leeds United player who will continue to light up Elland Road for years to come.
Under the tutelage of Bielsa and co there is so much more potential to unlock in Harrison and the sky is the limit if his recent progress is anything to go by.
At the rate he is headed an England call-up surely cannot be too far away.
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