It has been a mixed year for Jack Harrison at Leeds, hasn’t it?
A highly regarded talent at his parent club Manchester City, the winger’s move to Elland Road last summer was positively received by the majority of the club’s supporters.
Despite clearly having all the ingredients needed to thrive in the Championship, Harrison was initially made to wait by Marcelo Bielsa who initially preferred Samuel Saiz over the England under-21 international.
However, following the Spaniard’s departure from Elland Road in January, the winger was given the chance to prove himself to his Argentine manager.
By delivering several impressive performances for the Whites against the likes of Swansea City, West Bromwich and Sheffield Wednesday, it seemed almost certain that Harrison would be leading the club to promotion at the end of the season.
Yet this, unfortunately, wasn’t the case as the winger was one of a number of players who cracked under the pressure of expectations in a horrendous four-week spell that saw Leeds blow their chances of securing a return to the Premier League after 15 years away.
Although Harrison would provide an assist in the first leg of the Whites’ dramatic play-off showdown with Derby County on May 11th, he saw anonymous during the return clash last Wednesday as his side crashed to a 4-2 defeat in-front of their own supporters.
With his loan spell at Leeds set to expire at the end of this month (via Transfermarkt), Harrison’s immediate future is unclear.
Whereas he showed glimmers of promise for the Whites during his time in West Yorkshire, a lack of consistency resulted in him being directly involved in just eight goals for Bielsa’s side in all competitions.
According to reports in The Sun, City reportedly value Harrison at £20m which is a fee that Leeds should not even consider shelling out.
By wasting chairman Andrea Radrizzani’s money on a player who is far from the finished product, Bielsa could risk harming the club’s future as would not be a financially sustainable decision.
Instead of focusing his attention on bringing in Harrison, the former Athletic Bilbao coach could use the funds available to him this summer to bolster his squad in other positions ahead of next season.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Bielsa avoid signing Harrison this summer? Or does the winger deserve another opportunity to impress next season? Let us know below.
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