Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believes that the club should jump at the chance to sign Jack Harrison after it was revealed that the Whites have the opportunity to sign the midfielder for £8m once his loan from Manchester City expires.
Harrison is in the second of a two-year loan at Elland Road and has kicked on this season for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, bettering his goal and assist tallies from the previous campaign with a direct hand in 11 goals this year already, compared to eight in 2018/19.
According to The Athletic, Harrison will cost just £8m if Leeds decide to activate the clause negotiated as part of his loan deal from the Premier League champions. Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan suggested Leeds needn’t waste time over the deal and should get it done swiftly having been quoted a paltry price for his services.
He said: “Snap their hands off. £8m is an absolute snip as he’s really shown the Leeds fans and himself what a commodity he can be and what a great player he is. I’d take him the whole day long, especially in this market as it’s next to nothing.
“He’s only going to get better, he’s shown this season what he can do, we were getting bits out of him last season, but this season we’re getting more out of him. He’s more settled, he’s getting more involved in the game, I’d take him all day long.”
While Whelan seems to be eager to keep hold of Harrison, it seems Bielsa may be thinking similarly if his usage of the player is anything to go by. Harrison has appeared in every game for Leeds this season, including starts in every league match and in the FA Cup tie at Arsenal last week.
Should Leeds attempt to sign Harrison?
For £8m, Leeds could recruit the midfielder on a permanent basis for a fee less than what they were paid by Spurs for winger Jack Clarke in the summer. By the end of the season, Leeds will have gone nearly two years since their most recent permanent acquisition, which was during the window in which they brought Harrison to Elland Road back in summer 2018.
Should he become part of a successfully promoted Leeds side it would perhaps make sense to keep some continuity, while Harrison’s improvement between his two seasons in west Yorkshire certainly suggests that £8m could indeed be something of a bargain.
Leeds fans, would you rather buy Harrison for £8m or get a striker in now? Let us know what you think below!
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