There haven’t been any official transfer moves for Leeds United yet in the summer transfer window, but it looks like at least one loan deal is pretty much done. Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison looks to return to Elland Road for a second loan spell.
looking positive with Harrison. Kent and Costa will need plenty of work but both are possible.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 11, 2019
Harrison, who started his career in MLS with New York City FC, had an up and down season with Leeds last year. There were times when he was one of the better players on the pitch, even popping up and scoring a late goal against Millwall at the Den. He also had an inch-perfect cross for Kemar Roofe to tap home in the opening leg of the playoff semifinal against Derby County.
However, he also had some rather dodgy moments, and was subbed off at half-time more than once. He also looked awful in the last few matches of the season, just when Leeds needed someone to stand up and be counted.
In his season grades, our own Jack Robshaw had this to say about Harrison:
Another filed under the frustrating column and someone who Marcelo Bielsa rates more highly than almost anyone in the Leeds fanbase. Showed some flashes of the ability that he has but there were far too many games where he was completely anonymous. Four goals and three assists not enough for someone with 34 starts and 5 sub appearances playing Bielsa’s brand of football.
Season Highlight: Unbelievable pass to pick out Kemar Roofe for the only goal in the Play-Off semi-final first leg. Winning goal against Sheffield Wednesday a close second.
Season Lowlight: A combination of the two defeats against Birmingham City, he was very poor in both games and those two games were very costly.
Overall Rating for season: 5/10
Leeds look to be taking Harrison back on loan for another season, and perhaps we’ll see why Bielsa likes him so much. It will only help Harrison to go through a full preseason at Leeds and another year in Biesla’s system should help him improve. At the very least, he will be experienced and ready to contribute right away.
If Leeds are going to challenge for promotion again, they have to be better at converting chances. Harrison needs to be one of the players who improve their scoring touch. If he can convert at a better rate, then his return to will be welcomed. If he can’t, then he will probably be buried on the depth chart as the Academy players start to earn more playing time.