Newcastle United may struggle to sign Leeds United winger Jack Harrison in January
Newcastle United may struggle to sign Leeds United winger Jack Harrison once again in January, as per Chris Waugh of The Atheltic.
The Magpies were heavily linked with a move for Harrison during the summer transfer window, and they had two bids rejected by the Whites, as per The Atheltic (22 August).
Eddie Howe rates Harrison highly, but Waugh suggests the winger may once again “prove unattainable” if they attempt to sign him in the winter transfer window.
“Jack Harrison at Leeds United is also a player that Howe rates highly, though he may once again prove unattainable, just as Everton’s Anthony Gordon probably will. Joao Pedro also remains on Newcastle’s admired list,” Waugh wrote for The Athletic (23 September).
Leeds were determined to keep hold of Harrison having sold Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha in the summer transfer window.
They managed to do that and rejected all offers from Newcastle, although the Magpies were well short of the player’s valuation, thought to be around £35 million.
Harrison has established himself as a key player for the Whites, and Jesse Marsch rates him highly as well. Apart from his goals and assists, his workload and industry are huge bonuses for the side.
Harrison started the new campaign strongly. He was outstanding in the 2-1 win over Wolves in the opening game where he provided an assist.
He managed another assist in the 2-2 draw against Southampton and arguably produced his best performance in the 3-0 win against Chelsea, where he found the net along with an assist.
However, in the last three games, he has been unable to exert his influence and looked pretty flat against Everton and Brentford.
This is one area where Harrison needs to improve. He needs to be more consistent with his performance, but he still remains a key player.
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