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England under-21 midfielder set for Middlesbrough loan deal

According to various reports, New York City and England under-21 midfielder Jack Harrison is poised to sign for Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

It is believed that Manchester City will buy Harrison on a permanent deal, before loaning him to the Championship side.

The 21-year old has impressed so far this season. Having been selected as the #1 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, and voted the second best player in the MLS under 24 that same year, he has gone on to prove his worth.

Harrison has registered 14 goals and 10 assists in all competitions this campaign, and there has been a lot of interest in the winger as a result. Stoke City looked favourites to sign the youngster, but when they pulled out of the race, Middlesbrough took poll position to secure his services until the end of the season.

Harrison’s performances earned him a call up to the England under-21 side in 2017, and he played his debut for the Three Lions against Scotland at the Riverside of all places.

Middlesbrough fans will be glad to hear that Harrison is poised to sign, given that they only have a small number of wide man at their disposal. With Stewart Downing operating in the number 10 position under new boss Tony Pulis, that only leaves Adama Traore and Marvin Johnson as natural wingers.

Previous boss Garry Monk often rotated in wide areas, giving chances to Johnson, Downing and Traore, as well as Marcus Tavernier, Martin Braithwaite and Patrick Bamford all having been deployed on the wing throughout the season.

The signing of Jack Harrison gives Middlesbrough more natural width. A player who is comfortable on the ball and can add goals and assists from midfield will serve Boro well, as they make a push for the play-offs between now and May.

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