Revealed: Paul Robinson claims Harrison could be wanted by Premier League giants
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Paul Robinson has claimed that Leeds winger Jack Harrison is “absolutely key” to the side’s success at the moment but said they would struggle to sign him if they don’t win promotion this season.
The attacker, who has often flattered but delivered little in the way of attacking returns, is on fire at the moment.
He’s scored four goals this season and added four assists, and bar one goal scored in the opening game of the season, all have come in the last eight games.
He only scored four goals and added three assists in 37 games in the Championship last season.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I think he’s relished the chance to start games, he’s relished the chance to be in the starting XI consistently rather than being on the bench and coming in and out of the side at times.
“The opportunity he’s had to start every game this season, he’s been absolutely key to what Leeds are doing at the moment with his goals and assists.
“Has he done enough to get a permanent deal? If Leeds don’t go up I’m not sure they could buy him and I’m not sure whether Man City would sell him to be fair. He’s probably in their plans going forward and they’ll want to see how he develops.
“If Leeds are in the Championship next year they’ll struggle to buy him. And other clubs, not only his parent club, will be watching him. His value will be going up and it will become a bidding war should Leeds not go up and Man City are willing to sell him.”
Leeds confirmed they had an option to buy Harrison at the end of the season for an unconfirmed fee. (We would imagine it’s around the £15m mark).
However, if Leeds don’t go up to the Premier League it’s unlikely they’d be able to afford to trigger the option – unless they buy to sell – and Harrison could return to Man City or be sold to another side.
This is different to the deal confirmed for Hedler Costa, with Leeds having an obligation to buy the Wolves player in the summer.
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