Leeds United used to be mocked for their use of the loan market under previous owners. You only need to look at what Massimo Cellino sanctioned for evidence of that!
Ineffectual player after ineffectual player came into Elland Road and were soon forgot about after they left. Of course, for every Zan Benedicic and Dario Del Fabro, you have a Pontus Jansson and a Pablo Hernandez to show that, indeed, some temporary deals did work out for the club. On the whole, though, many loan players were abjectly awful.
Yet, under Marcelo Bielsa’s handling and remoulding of Leeds United, the quality of loan players has been way above the average expectations of Leeds United fans. One only has to look at those that have come in this season for evidence of that. Ben White, Helder Costa, Eddie Nketiah and the returning Jack Harrison are all performing well in United’s table-topping side.
Of course, with these players putting in some stellar shifts, there always comes that ‘What if…’ thought about making the temporary deal a permanent one. That is already a given with Costa – the Whites agreeing to an obligatory purchase at the end of his current loan. Nketiah was never going to be a purchase due to the value that Arsenal place in him and Ben White has played himself into bigger plans and deeper purses.
Yet, the form of Manchester City winger Jack Harrison is definitely on the up and that can be seen by his output this season as well as his general performances on the pitch. He’s certainly upped his game since returning to Elland Road and across 20 games so far this season has scored four goals and provided five assists – the last of that quintet coming in yesterday’s table-topping 2-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.
Responding to a thread over on Twitter, Phil Hay gives some details as to Jack Harrison’s current situation and options available for United to explore. As part of the thread, Hay tweeted the following:
contract to 2022. Option to buy at the end of this loan. I suspect you’d be in for £10m, something like that.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) December 8, 2019
Hay’s news that the Whites have an “option to buy at the end of this loan” will be news that many Leeds fans will be glad to hear. As for the £10million price tag, that may close a few ears and lead to much shaking of heads amongst the United faithful. However, should Harrison continue to shine like the polished gem he is becoming, those deafened ears and shaking heads will definitely reduce in number.