Leeds United should backtrack on contract decision as Jack Harrison woes continue
Jack Harrison is a player who has been revered by Leeds United fans over the years, but it’s fair to say the winger is struggling in the 2022/23 season.
The 25-year-old has just one Premier League goal to his name so far this season which came against Chelsea back in August. His three assists for the season came in the opening three matches, but since then it’s been a torrid run of form for the wide man.
His latest display against Wolves yet again showed Harrison is not the player he once was after Newcastle’s £20million summer bid (The Athletic, 22 August).
In the Whites’ League Cup defeat to Wolves Harrison yet again huffed and puffed but failed to an impact for Jesse Marsch’s side. He lost possession far too often and failed to be a goalscoring threat with an expected goals of 0.09 throughout the 90 minutes (Wyscout).
It was surprising to see Harrison last as long as he did at Molineux, with his early free-kick probably his best moment of the evening. Considering how influential Harrison was for Leeds in the 2021/22 season, there may be something going on in the background.
When a mega-rich side come knocking, it’s natural to see a player’s head turn, however, Leeds have made it abundantly clear they’re not interested in selling the winger.
90min reported (16 September) that Leeds were readying a new contract extension for Harrison with his current deal coming to a close in the summer of 2024. However, considering his current form, age and contract situation, Leeds may well be inclined to listen to offers in January, should a big bid come in.
£20million could allow Leeds to bring in three or four younger players to develop and then sell for more profit in the future.
Speculation such as this wouldn’t have occurred last season, but the form of the Englishman should be a real concern for Marsch and the club hierarchy.
In other Leeds United news, Jesse Marsch is to jet out to South America in the World Cup break.