Leeds United managing to keep hold of Jack Harrison during the winter transfer window is a ‘massive boost’ for Jesse Marsch heading into the remainder of the season, journalist Pete O’Rourke has informed GIVEMESPORT.
The Whites also managed to bring in four bodies during January in the form of Weston McKennie, Georginio Rutter, Diogo Monteiro and Maxim Wober.
Leeds transfer news – Jack Harrison
According to Leicestershire Live, Leicester City were interested in making a late move to sign Harrison from Leeds on deadline day.
Nevertheless, no such deal was able to be completed and the 26-year-old will now spend the remainder of the campaign at Elland Road despite much speculation over his future.
Since then, The Athletic correspondent Phil Hay detailed that with any notion of a move away from Yorkshire now off the table for Harrison, new contract discussions have been scheduled to extend his stay at Leeds.
His current deal, which is worth £60,000-per-week, is set to run until the summer of 2024, meaning there is uncertainty over his long-term future.
What has Pete O’Rourke said about Harrison?
Journalist Pete O’Rourke has said that Leeds being able to hold on to £35 million-rated Harrison this window will be a massive boost for boss Marsch as he aims to maintain their Premier League status.
O’Rourke told GMS: “Yeah, I think it’s a massive boost. You don’t want to lose any of your key players if you’re fighting in a relegation battle, which Leeds are right now, so to possibly see Jack Harrison go to a relegation rival in Leicester would have been a big blow to Leeds United.”
What are Harrison’s stats this season?
This season, Harrison has been one of Leeds’ most productive attacking players, managing to record two goals and seven assists from 20 appearances in all competitions, as per Transfermarkt.
His creative intuition has been there for all to see this campaign, with the 26-year-old averaging around 1.8 key passes per match in the Premier League, according to WhoScored.
Of course, the Whites have quite a few attacking options to call upon now, especially given the rise of Wilfried Gnonto in recent months and the recent signing of Rutter, for a club-record fee of £36million, from German side Hoffenheim.
Nevertheless, Harrison remains a key player for Leeds and should be given a starring role in the side going forward, while tying him down to a new long-term contract should also be a priority.
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