An update has emerged regarding Newcastle United‘s pursuit of Jack Harrison in the summer transfer window…
Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope has claimed that the Magpies are expected to progress with a deal to sign the 25-year-old after stalling in moves for other players.
He tweeted: “Alexander Isak message consistent throughout summer, a non-starter because of price. Moussa Diaby on hold for now (same reason). More likely is movement on Jack Harrison, although valuation with Leeds remains apart.”
This comes after The Telegraph reported his price tag to be £30m earlier in the summer, and it remains to be seen whether both teams are willing to arrive at a compromise.
By signing the Leeds ace this summer, the Magpies can land a big upgrade on their misfiring winger Ryan Fraser to improve Eddie Howe’s squad.
This shows that the 28-year-old has left a lot to be desired in the final third, as he has not been able to score or set up goals on a regular, or even semi-regular, basis over the last two years.
Therefore, landing an upgrade on the winger would be a much-needed boost this summer, and Harrison’s statistics suggest that is what he would be for Newcastle.
The Whites forward has scored 16 goals and provided nine assists over the last two Premier League seasons. This shows that he has the ability to contribute far more than Fraser when it comes to delivering end product on the pitch.
Leeds manager Jesse Marsch has hailed the 25-year-old, 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. His application [of shooting] in the first game was really good.”
These comments suggest that Harrison would be an attack-minded player capable of playing on the counter, rather than being a conservative winger who would rather play the ball safe and build the play slowly.
Harrison could therefore be an exciting player for Magpies fans to view running down the wing next season, whilst being an upgrade on what they had to watch last term.