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Leeds plotting a new contract for winger Jack Harrison

An update has emerged on Leeds United and their plans for winger Jack Harrison…

What’s the talk?

According to 90min, Victor Orta is plotting a move to tie up the winger’s long-term future at Elland Road by agreeing a new contract with him.

The report claims that they have made him signing a fresh deal a priority target ahead of the January transfer window as they attempt to ward off interest elsewhere.

It is stated that Newcastle United remain interested in signing him after refusing to meet Leeds’ £50m price tag in the summer, and other Premier League teams are keeping an eye on him.

Jesse Marsch would be ecstatic

The Whites head coach would be ecstatic if Orta can agree to a new contract with Harrison as keeping hold of the winger in the long-term would be a huge boost to the club.

Reporter James Marshment previously dubbed the gem as “irreplaceable” and his performances on the pitch certainly suggest that an exit from Elland Road for the attacker would leave a gaping hole in the team.

The English forward has been on fire in the Premier League this season with his ability to create chances for others. In six top-flight appearances, he has provided three assists, created four ‘big chances’, and averaged 3.0 key passes per match – a return only Kevin De Bruyne (3.5) and Mo Salah (4.0) can beat in the top-flight.

This suggests that the dynamo has been one of the most creative players in the division so far this season and that is why keeping hold of him would be massive for the manager, as he has the quality to make a significant impact on the pitch.

Marsch previously lauded the winger, saying: “He can run all day, he is explosive, he’s effective in 1-v-1s, he’s dangerous, he’s smart. I’m asking him to play a different role, I want him to play a little bit more of an interior player. I just want to give him the confidence to apply our ideas of football and achieve.

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His effectiveness at the top end of the pitch is hardly a flash in the pan. He has produced 16 goals and nine assists, also creating 13 ‘big chances’ in his first two Premier League campaigns with the Whites and this shows that he has been able to be a difference-maker for Leeds over the course of multiple seasons.

Therefore, Marsch would be ecstatic if Harrison puts pen to paper on a new contract as he is a willing runner who can provide a spark, on a consistent basis, in the final third and still has time to develop further, at the age of 25.