By George Overhill

3rd Feb, 2023 | 11:10am

Jack Harrison won’t sign a new contract at Leeds United unless he feels he’s an important part of the team going forward, according to 90min.

The 26-year-old was on the brink of a £20million move to Leicester City on transfer deadline day (31 January) before a change of heart at Elland Road saw him called back to West Yorkshire to remain with the club.

Sky Sports reported on 2 February that he was now set to sign a new, improved Whites contract after the club decided to match the offer that the Foxes had made.

But that is apparently not so sure according to the latest report, as Harrison is still considering his future at the club and amid significant new arrivals he wants to know that he is central to Jesse Marsch’s plans before he makes any commitment.

He currently has just 18-months left on his current deal, and with Newcastle and Aston Villa also reportedly holding deadline day talks over a move.

According to 90min: “Now back in Yorkshire, 26-year-old Harrison is considering his options as Leeds again push for talks over extending his contract.

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“Sources have told 90min that Harrison will only consider signing fresh terms if he feels he’s an important part of Jesse Marsch’s plans moving forward, with the next few weeks potentially telling on the shape the former RB Leipzig boss intends to play.”


Weston McKennie’s arrival potentially leading Marsch to switch his formation to accommodate a midfield three would necessarily reduce the number of attacking players who can feature each game.

Brenden Aaronson and Luis Sinisterra came in during the summer window, as did Willy Gnonto on the previous deadline day, while Crysencio Summerville has stepped up from the under-21s and Georginio Rutter broke the club transfer record this month.

If Patrick Bamford is fit that pushes Rodrigo into one of the supporting positions as well, although he has just been ruled out for two months with injury, so the coast is far from clear for Harrison.

He started the season as the obvious star of the line up, but after the original pursuit from Newcastle came to an end his form dipped, and while he has largely featured in most Premier League games anyway that is as much down to injuries to his teammates as his contributions.

The Englishman has been an important player in his time at the club, and still can be, but the club wouldn’t keep spending money in similar positions if they were completely committed to him.

With his position less assured it appeared a bold move to commit to paying him a lot more money if he might be about to play less.

He appears to have his own doubts, and if Marsch is planning to add McKennie to Tyler Adams and Marc Roca rather than replacing one it could mean that Harrison still leaves in the summer but for an even smaller fee.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Merson is expecting a “brilliant game” when the Whites take to the field this weekend.