Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur both want to sign Leeds star Jack Harrison this summer. But instead of the glitz and the glam of a big Premier League move, signing a new deal at Elland Road is his best move. Here is why…
Harrison, 25, has now spent the past four seasons at Leeds – enjoying his best goalscoring season yet with Leeds. He has scored 10 times during 2021-22, and would have got a lot more assists than two, had Patrick Bamford been fit.
Reports indicate that Harrison is attracting interest from both Newcastle and Tottenham. The Mail say the Toon also want him, after Spurs were first linked with a move back in April, upon the recommendation of Andrea Pirlo.
While it would be hard to ignore the lure of Champions League football at Spurs, and the money of Newcastle, Leeds is best for his career. That is purely because, Harrison thrives from regular game time.
Tottenham and Newcastle want Leeds star Harrison: He needs to stay
Firstly, he would struggle for game time at both sides. Antonio Conte is probably looking at the hard-working Harrison as an option for the left side of his 3-4-3 system – but one that can also provide cover for Son Heung-min.
But even then, Harrison would probably only be second choice to Ryan Sessegnon – given he is more effective as an attacking winger. At Newcastle, the Toon boast Allan Saint-Maximin – a proper £50million player.
Harrison has shown over the years that he needs the confidence of fans, and the management, to get the best out of him. It is no surprise that his form is improving under the guidance of Jesse Marsch.
The two have bonded over experiences in the MLS, and the fact that Marsch is much more communicative than Marcelo Bielsa was with his players. Marsch suits Harrison, as does Leeds.
Playing regularly for Leeds on the left flank is getting the best out of him. He will only improve if Bamford is fit next season, or we sign a striker. A move to Spurs or Newcastle would see his momentum stutter.
Instead of becoming a bit-part player, Harrison has the chance to make a real name for himself at Leeds – a modern hero at Elland Road. His current deal ends in 2024, and he should sign a new one, instead of leaving.