Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has lauded the quality of Jack Harrison, saying that he would be an ‘absolute snip’ of a signing this summer if the Whites sign him permanently.
The Lowdown: Excellent performer for Leeds
After starring in the Championship last season, the 24-year-old has taken that form with him into the Premier League, registering an impressive eight goals and assists apiece.
Only Patrick Bamford has scored more often for Leeds in the top flight 2020/21, with Harrison a standout figure for an excellent Whites side.
The Latest: Harrison lauded by Whelan
Harrison is still only on loan from Manchester City, but it is believed that Leeds have the opportunity to make that deal permanent for £10m in the summer.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan waxed lyrical over Harrison’s performance against Burnley, saying he would be a steal at that price and tipping him to be a standout signing in the next transfer window. He said:
“Just an immense performance. He was instrumental in everything good we did against Burnley, both on and off the ball. Bielsa would have been delighted. He was everything that you would expect from him and more.
“When he has a bad game everyone is quick to come down on him but that is because he has set his standards so high. We notice it when he is not at his best but he was certainly at his best against Burnley.
“His passing was absolutely spot on. The weight of pass, the timing of the pass, the vision, everything about it. Clinical. He showed a cleverness and intelligence.
“For roughly £10million this summer it’s an absolute snip. We have seen enough of him now to know he is probably already worth double or close to triple that, around £30m. He is going to be one of the bargains if not the bargain of the summer.”
The Verdict: No-brainer for Whites
Whelan is spot on in his assessment and Leeds would be mad not to try and bring in Harrison permanently ahead of next season.
He has been one of the standout performers with Marcelo Bielsa at the helm, combining reliable end product with an admirable work ethic, averaging 1.7 tackles per game in the league. Also, the manager knows what he can do and he is already familiar with the intricacies of Bielsa’s methods.
Given the level of inflation in the current transfer market, £10m really would be an excellent deal for Leeds, and Harrison could jump at the chance to stay at a club where he is thriving and playing regularly.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly eyeing up a move for an international midfielder this summer. Find out who it is here.
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