After Leeds United suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City on April 6th, Marcelo Bielsa needed his players to step up to the mark in their clashes against Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday.
Patrick Bamford responded to the call by firing in a super brace at Deepdale which set up the possibility for the Whites to move three points clear of their automatic promotion rivals Sheffield United. Despite dominating their clash with the Owls, Leeds were frustrated at Elland Road by a superb display by Keiran Westwood before finally making the all-important breakthrough in the second-half.
In need of a hero, it was Jack Harrison (who has previously talked up the notion of a permanent deal at Elland Road when speaking to fan site We All Love Leeds) who provided a moment which could quite easily be looked back at in May as the goal which secured a top-two finish for the Yorkshire-based outfit. After receiving a cross from Pablo Hernandez, the Manchester City loanee placed a wonderful strike into the bottom corner.
Although it could be argued that Harrison, who is valued at £3.15 million (as per Transfermarkt), has been one of the best players for Leeds this season, his lack of consistency in the final third has, and still is a major stumbling block that could impact where his future lies next season. Unlikely to get into a City side who boast the likes of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez in his position, it may suit the 22-year-old to seek a permanent move to Leeds in the summer.
However, Bielsa must hold fire on such a deal until he knows what division that the Whites will be playing in next year. Whereas another campaign in the Championship may suit Harrison’s development as a player, the jury is out on whether he is ready to make the step up to the top flight.
With Leeds just four games away from securing their return to the Premier League, they must weigh up the risks and potential rewards in bringing in a winger who has yet to prove himself at the highest level, but has the potential to do so.
What do you think Whites fans? Would you welcome Harrison on a permanent deal in the summer? Or is there someone else that Bielsa should consider signing? Let us know below.
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