With discussion around loans to do with whether we could get Ben White on a permanent or about the finer detail of Eddie Nketiah’s contract, it’s often forgotten that Jack Harrison is an actual Leeds loan player. A player on loan to Leeds from Manchester City. He seems almost naturalised now, a part of the furniture.
Harrison is enjoying his second term this season and his performances have been a marked improvement on last year. Marcelo Bielsa is certainly a big fan of his, signaled by the pursuit of him again in the Summer Window. In a Q&A on The Athletic, Phil Hay has revealed that Leeds do have an ‘Option to Buy’ as part of the loan deal.
This was under-reported during the Summer, if at all. Hay is also of the belief that Bielsa will exercise this option should Leeds achieve promotion this season.
At just 22, it’s somewhat easy to forget Harrison’s youth. Being just a couple years senior Leeds’ own academy products such as Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton he doesn’t quite get the same loving ‘one of our own’ warmth. However, it’s clear he’s growing into the role Bielsa has moulded for him and will continue to do so in the coming years.
He’s a player many voices in world football have assigned high praise to. Not least, David Villa, a former team-mate of his in New York, who said “Every time he has the ball at his feet, you get the feeling something special is going to happen.”