Pundit Paul Robinson has urged Leeds United to finalise a new contract for winger Jack Harrison.
The Lowdown: Harrison speculation
Harrison was heavily linked with an Elland Road exit in the summer, with Newcastle extremely keen on the wide man.
Recent reports have suggested that Leeds are hoping to agree a contract extension with the winger before the winter window, and Robinson has been giving his thoughts on the player’s situation.
The Latest: Robinson’s comments
Talking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said that Leeds ‘should definitely’ look to tie Harrison down to a new contract, citing his impressive assist record that ‘flashed up on Sky Sports News’.
“They should definitely try to iron a new contract out [in this international break].
“Look at where he is in the chart for assists. Not just for Leeds but in the whole of the Premier League.
“He’s third for assists, it flashed up on Sky Sports News this morning.
“For assists, he’s there or thereabouts so his value is only going to increase. And obviously, his head is going to get turned at some point – if it hasn’t already.
“For Leeds, they have to protect themselves and protect the asset, which is the player.
“If the player will sign a new contract then they have to reward him financially because he’s performing.
“He needs to be on the level of other top earners in the team. I don’t know for sure but I suspect Patrick Bamford is up there and Kalvin Phillips was.
“Harrison has to be up there and be one of the top earners because of the way he’s playing.”
The Verdict: Needed
Leeds lost two key players in Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha over the summer, so it was good that they managed to keep hold of Harrison.
Jesse Marsch has reaped the rewards with the forward impressing already this season, so the quicker new terms can be agreed upon, the better.
The last thing the Whites will want is for Harrison’s contract situation to remain the same heading into 2023, as he will be into the final 18 months of his current deal, potentially leading to more speculation of a move away.
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