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A £5m Bet: Should Leeds United Try To Sign This Manchester City Ace Permanently In the Summer?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Leeds United have their destiny of qualifying for the Premier League via the automatic slots in their own hands as they stand three points clear of third-placed Sheffield United. The Whites won by a solitary goal against Sheffield Wednesday which gave them the much-needed breathing space for the second spot. Jack Harrison scored with a deft finish in the second half which brought a lot of relief to the Whites faithful.

Harrison’s time at Elland Road has been a bit of a mixed bag. There have been occasions when the fans have questioned his place in the starting eleven. However, there have been situations where he has shown his potential. But, something which has never been asked regarding the Manchester City player is his work rate and desire to work for his team. Maybe that is the reason why he is preferred over Jack Clarke to start in the starting eleven as Bielsa has often used Clarke as an impact substitute rather than starting him from the first minute.

Leeds United don’t have many options for the left wing spot, so we expect them to go after a winger in the summer. They missed out on the signing of Daniel James as well so it remains to be seen whether they will go after him again or not.

Given the talent and squad depth of Manchester City,  Jack Harrison is unlikely to find himself anywhere near the first team. So the English winger might push for a move to join Leeds United permanently in the summer.

Arguments for Harrison

Harrison has shown improvement since he joined the West Yorkshire outfit last summer. He might not have caught major eyeballs, but he has quietly gone about his business during the crucial phase of the season. The winger looks settled at the club and has already earned valuable experience of playing under Bielsa. So we expect him to kick on further from here onwards. Moreover, his work rate and sharp movement in the attacking third are going to be a significant plus for the club.

Arguments against Harrison

The 22-year-old has managed just three goals and three assists in 32 Championship appearances. Given the domination of the possession which Leeds United manages, those are underwhelming numbers. The English winger has a lot to improve on in the attacking third as his final product is often lacking.

Verdict

Harrison definitely has potential. After seeing the signs of improvement, we think that he could be a decent signing for the Whites for the next season. We believe if United can get him somewhere around the £5m mark, then they should go ahead and sign him.

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