49ers wanted to scrap Jack Harrison move from Leeds United to Leicester as boardroom battle won - Phil Hay
49ers Enterprises were not convinced by Jack Harrison’s potential move to Leicester City in the January window and had it “scrapped” after boardroom talks, according to Phil Hay.
The Athletic reported on 1 February that the 26-year-old spent the final hours of the transfer window at Leicester’s training ground, undergoing a medical in case a last-gasp move materialised.
However, it is understood that Leeds eventually pulled the plug on any potential move for the former Manchester City winger, who’s now believed to be expected to sign a new contract at Elland Road [Sky Sports].
And according to Hay, writing in his The Athletic Leeds United mailbag [3 March], the 49ers were not convinced by Harrison’s move to Leicester City, and the move was scrapped after boardroom talks.
Hay went on to add: “Because of the setup of the boardroom, every major decision on transfers, finances, head coaches has to be taken by a committee.
“Much of it directly affects the current and future value of the club. It was like that with Jack Harrison almost joining Leicester on deadline day. 49ers Enterprises was not convinced by the sense of that deal and it was scrapped at late notice after boardroom talks.”
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It will have been potentially damaging had Harrison been sold to Leicester City considering his huge importance to the Leeds United cause.
It seems as if the 49ers jumped in on the potential transfer at the right time. The precarious position the club find itself in the Premier League meant the club could not afford to lose their best stars.
And Harrison is certainly one of them.
When he plays everything seems to come together for Leeds in attack, and it is why the club’s owners were right to continue their relationship for the foreseeable future.
30 goals and 29 assists in 191 outings at Elland Road show just how crucial he is to the club, and his qualities in the attacking third can only aid Gracia’s quest to keep the Whites in the Premier League.