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Update On Newcastle United’s Pursuit Of This Leeds United Winger: What Should Be Howe’s Play?

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In a recent report, Tuttomercatoweb offered an update on Newcastle United’s pursuit of Leeds United winger Jack Harrison as they have launched a €28m bid for him this summer. However, it is understood that the Whites have put a €42m price tag on the English talent with the Magpies eager to sign him in this off-season.

Harrison’s Impressive Form At Yorkshire Last Season

Harrison had a decent campaign at Elland Road as he proved his worth as one of the most important members of Leeds’ first team. The promising wide player was involved in 38 matches for the West Yorkshire club last season, registering ten goals and two assists across various competitions.

The 25-year-old was a consistent performer at the centre of Jesse Marsch’s midfield based on his average of 1.6 tackles, 1.2 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per game in Premier League football. However, he was a bit sloppy with his link-up play in the final third, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 70.5% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

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What Should Be Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe’s Play With Regards To Harrison?

Harrison can make some dangerous runs with the ball down the left flank and can orchestrate a few decent opportunities for others around him in the final third. He is a good crosser of the ball and can strike the ball well from long range. Harrison mainly operates on the left wing but can even fill in as a right-sided wide player if required.

However, the English talent has to find a way to improve his passing accuracy in the opposition half.

Still, the pros outweigh the cons of signing someone of Harrison’s skillset, so Newcastle will do well to get a deal done for him ahead of the new campaign.

The Magpies would have to increase their €28m offer if they are to have any chance of bringing Harrison to St. James’ Park. Eddie Howe should consider making another attempt to acquire the English winger’s services before the end of this transfer window as he will undoubtedly enhance the quality of his frontline at the Tyneside club.

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