It would be “madness” if Leeds United opted against signing Jack Harrison permanently from Manchester City in the summer, according to Graham Smyth.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday, the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist said that he “can’t see a way [Harrison] ends up leaving unless Leeds decide they don’t want him”.

Harrison, 23, is currently halfway through his third season on loan at Elland Road and the Whites have the option to sign the winger from Man City for £10million [Phil Hay, The Athletic] in the summer.

Madness? It would be sheer idiocy

We all assumed Leeds would sign Harrison permanently last summer but due to the impact COVID had on the club’s finances, it made sense to figure out another loan agreement with Man City and push back the option to buy the winger another year.

While a fourth season on loan at Leeds is definitely not out of the question because of the way COVID continues to keep fans out of football stadiums, there’s no way Harrison won’t be a Leeds player next term.

The former New York City attacker has been in stunning form in the Premier League this season.

He’s scored six goals and supplied four assists in 21 top-flight appearances for Leeds, with half of those goals coming in his last four outings.

According to stats by Wyscout, Harrison ranks fifth in the Premier League for the number of crosses he’s attempted this term [92] while he also comes in at 22nd for expected goals and assists [8.83].

Harrison has been a real stand-out player at Elland Road this season and due to the exploits of Raphinha and Patrick Bamford, he’s arguably been one of the most under-rated for the Whites in the Premier League.

Getting him for £10million in the summer is going to be an absolute steal for the club.

Man City will no doubt be regretting it.

In other Leeds United news, fans are thrilled with this central midfielder transfer update.

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