Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills thinks that the West Yorkshire club should take up the option to buy winger Jack Harrison in the summer transfer window.
The 23-year-old is currently spending his second successive season on loan with the Whites from Manchester City. However according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay, the Elland Road outfit do have an option to buy the former England under-21 international for just £8 million at the end of the campaign.
Mills believes that fee represents excellent value for money considering Harrison’s performances this season and has admitted that he believes that the winger would be a good signing for the West Yorkshire side if they were to get a permanent deal over the line.
When discussing Leeds potentially buying Harrison, the former right-back told Football Insider: “At the end of last season I think Manchester City wanted £15million for him, he is good but he has not got a pack of diamonds in his pocket. That was a little bit expensive for how well he had done. Now, the option at £8million is very viable indeed.
“He reminds me of Jason Wilcox. He is going to hug the touchline, get good crosses into the box and works his socks off. Very rarely lets you down. He is of that ilk. He is not the type of player that will get you 15 goals a season but what he gives you is width and work rate.
“At £8million, whether it is Premier League or Championship, it is a really good buy.”
It is hard to argue with Mills here, on the face of it signing Harrison for just £8 million would surely represent good business from a Leeds United point of view.
The former New York City FC man has been excellent for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season, scoring five goals and providing six assists in 36 Championship appearances (Transfermarkt). Added to that he also averages two key passes, 1.6 shots and 1.9 dribbles per game (WhoScored) which shows his attacking influence.
The quoted fee is more than affordable, particularly if they are promoted to the Premier League and given that he is just 23 it would be an investment in a player who could still significantly improve his game in the coming years.
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