Leeds United: Unnamed agent questions 'bizarre' Jack Harrison to Everton transfer
Jack Harrison joining Everton on loan from Leeds United in the summer transfer window was “a bit bizarre”, an unnamed agent has told The Athletic.
Everton took advantage of a loan exit clause that kicked in upon United’s relegation from the Premier League last season.
The Toffees will cover Harrison’s wages, but Leeds missed out on the chance of landing a sizable fee for the winger – if they were planning to cash in, that is.
In an article published on Thursday [14 September], the anonymous agent told the online outlet: “Jack Harrison on loan from Leeds – I do think he’s a good player, but it’s a bit bizarre that you’re loaning a player ‘up’. You’d think Everton would be buying.”
Seeing Harrison depart last month was a hammer blow for Leeds, especially considering the circumstances surrounding his exit.
The exit clauses have come back to haunt the Whites this summer, and that may again be the case ahead of next season.
As revealed by The Athletic’s Phil Hay on The Square Ball podcast [9 September], there may be an identical clause in Harrison’s contract should Leeds not get promoted from the Championship this campaign.
It means the Whites are effectively draining money on Harrison each season they are in the second tier.
As far as the Toffees are concerned, they cannot be blamed for taking full advantage of the clause, which many will ask why was it included in the first place?
Harrison has yet to play since joining Everton due to a hip injury, but on the basis of last season, you would back him to show he has the quality to continue playing in the top tier.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay believes Daniel Farke could instigate talks over a new contract for one player.