Jack Harrison is open to returning to Manchester City, despite Leeds United holding the option to make his season-long loan at Elland Road permanent at the end of the season.
Leeds re-signed Harrison for a second loan spell back in the summer, with the 23-year-old in impressive form, registering five goals and seven assists for Marcelo Bielsa this term.
Recently, Harrison was quoted in the Yorkshire Evening Post weighing up his options for the future, saying: “For the last two years working with Marcelo I’ve learnt a lot and develop different parts of my game and improved.
“Working with him has already prepared me for almost anything going forward. It’s an exciting opportunity if I was to go back to Man City and work again with Pep Guardiola.
“What I’ve learnt with Marcelo I can take anywhere and if it is back there, it’s another great opportunity for me.
“I’ve learnt a lot over the last two years and I can take it wherever it may take me.”
According to the YEP there’s a desire in Harrison to stay at Leeds beyond the end of this season, but his comments suggest he’s not completely shut the door on forging a career at the Etihad Stadium.
With all that in mind, we take a look at THREE reasons why he should be shutting the door on his City career and committing to Leeds…
Regular game time
This is the obvious place to start with Harrison.
At City, he’d be competing with some of Europe’s best players for minutes and they simply won’t come as regularly as they do at Elland Road.
This season, the 23-year-old has played in every Championship fixture for Bielsa, and even if Leeds are promoted to the Premier League, he’s a guaranteed starter.
That alone should convince Harrison and the people that are around him.
As Harrison states, Bielsa has helped his game massively in the last couple of seasons.
In 2018/19, Harrison scored only four goals and managed three assists, a tally that has been comfortably bettered in the current campaign.
That shows the improvement Harrison has made at Elland Road and continuing on a similar trajectory is a real possibility.
You can see the improvement in his all-round game, too, with Harrison’s first touch, decision making and work rate going through the roof this season.
Whilst you can’t deny the quality coach Pep Guardiola is, Bielsa makes him tick.
The direction Leeds are heading
When, or if, the season resumes, Leeds will be expected to secure their place back in the Premier League, with the Whites in a commanding position at the top of the Championship table.
They are a club on the rise, with a likeable squad that Harrison is a key part of.
Leeds should be looking to build a squad around players like Harrison and that could really appeal to the 23-year-old.
A club on the rise for a developing player feels like the perfect fit.
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