Leeds United could bag an ideal replacement for loan signing Jack Harrison, who could be set to return to Manchester City at the end of the season. Whilst the winger is yet to make an appearance under Pep Guardiola, there’s no confirmation of whether he will be leaving the Etihad on a permanent deal.
Despite the fact that Phil Hay believes the Whites could snap up Harrison full-time, the club must be exploring other options. The transfer market can be a very cruel place where absolutely anything can happen in the blink of an eye. Victor Orta cannot afford to place all of Leeds’ eggs in Harrison’s basket.
Indeed, the Championship title holders have been tipped to sign Daniel James by Paul Robinson, who believes that Marcelo Bielsa has enough to lure him away from the interest of Everton (via Football Insider).
Aside from Ezgjan Alioski, who is more of a midfielder than a winger, Leeds have no options out wide to occupy the left flank. If they cannot secure a permanent move for Harrison, the Manchester United man would be a very smart transfer to pursue.
The Wales international is out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has made just three Premier League appearances this season, all of which have been in an unnatural position. James has played on the right and up front for the Reds this term and is clearly not being utilised to the best of his ability.
Last season, the 23-year-old notched a respectable three goals and six assists in the league alone (via Transfermarkt). Working under a coach like Bielsa could really take James’ game to the next level as it’s more than likely he would start the majority, if not every match for Leeds. He certainly has the talent to bring to the table, with Wales boss Ryan Giggs generously comparing some of his attributes to a young Cristiano Ronaldo last year.
The winger’s current £80,000 per week contract will keep him at Old Trafford until 2024, so Orta may have his work cut out in striking a deal with United. However, should Harrison return to Man City, the Whites mustn’t wait around when exploring their options and with Everton also circling James, they must act fast.