Recent reports have seen West Ham United linked with a move for Leeds United forward Jack Harrison this summer, with the Hammers believed to be ‘taking an interest’ in the Englishman following another standout Premier League campaign.
Having finally signed for the Elland Road outfit on a £11m permanent deal last summer – after three seasons on loan from Manchester City – the former New York City FC man went on to prove instrumental in keeping the club in the division, netting eight league goals for the second successive campaign after a blistering run of form after the turn of the year.
That haul not only included a dramatic final day winner away at Brentford to confirm the Yorkshire outfit’s place in the top-flight next season, but he also hit a stunning treble to secure a vital 3-2 win away at the London Stadium back in January.
The “explosive” ace, as he has been dubbed by current boss Jesse Marsch, proved in that encounter just what a menace he can be, with his display likely to have caught the attention of the east London outfit.
On what was a torrid day for the hosts’ full-back Vladimir Coufal – with the Czech international losing possession a staggering 25 times – he was simply run ragged by the relentless 25-year-old, in what was a thrilling encounter in the capital.
The Stoke-on-Trent born ace netted early on with a curling effort from just inside the box after the aforementioned Coufal had failed to close him down, before he reacted quickest from a Leeds corner to turn home at the back post to retake the lead for the visitors, after Jarrod Bowen had drawn the home side level.
Heading into the second half, the Irons again drew level through Pablo Fornals just after the break, before the hero of the hour stepped up to seal his treble and all three points with a fine dinked effort late on, having surged into the space vacated by that man Coufal down the hosts’ right flank.
That display saw the £60k-per-week speedster take home the match ball, although it could have also determined his future destination, with Moyes and co likely to have been impressed by the damage he can cause with his lightning pace and bravery in possession.
With two seasons of Premier League experience under his belt already, it would certainly not be a risk for GSB were they to sanction the move, with it a mouthwatering thought as to the carnage that could be caused with Bowen on one flank and Harrison on the other.
Equally, the latter man also fits the Moyes mould of carrying out his defensive duties, ranking in the top 6% for clearances, the top 9% for blocks and the top 15% for tackles made among those in his position across Europe’s top five leagues.
In West Ham’s often counter-attacking set-up he would simply thrive as an attacking outlet, with the club simply needing to get the chequebook out to secure his services this summer. At the very least it would prevent him from tormenting them again next term…