Many Leeds United fans have been left in awe of Jack Harrison’s performances in 2019/20, with one suggesting the Manchester City loanee has been our Player of the Year so far.
Harrison returned for a second spell at Elland Road, having enjoyed a mixed 2018/19 with four goals and four assists in all competitions but often also finding himself on the receiving end of endless criticism.
The less-than-stellar reviews have continued to flood social media this term, but the tides have turned recently after LUFC Data noted that the 23-year-old has created 76 goal-scoring opportunities, 14 of which have been big chances, on route to his seven assists.
He has also completed more successful take-ons (69) in the Championship this season than any of the players boss Marcelo Bielsa called on to feature over the entire 2018/19 campaign.
Harrison’s efforts have been suggested to be enough to warrant Director of Football Victor Orta taking up our option to buy him from Man City in the summer, which is reportedly worth £8million.
As well as creating 76 goal-scoring opportunities, Harrison has converted five of his total 62 shots, of which 14 have come from outside the box and 20 have been on target, per WhoScored data.
Of the 57 that have not found a way past opposing goalkeepers, Sofa Score note that 11 were big chances to score, while recording the Stoke-on-Trent born winger as having played 1.0 accurate crosses (22%) per Championship game, along with making 1.9 successful dribbles (58%), winning 4.7 total duels (42%) and losing possession 18.4 times.
Should Orta take up our option to buy Harrison?
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to LUFC Data’s post…
— Winks 🇬🇧 (@Winks_1) March 18, 2020
What a transformation under Bielsa all the hard work preseason paying off been outstanding this season MOT.
— R.Cartwright 💙💛 (@rogercart57) March 17, 2020
What a player he’s become, been outstanding this season.
— JT1919💙💛 (@JohnmjtJt1919) March 17, 2020
He’s been outstanding this season, if we get him for 8million what an absolute steal that would be. He will only get better.
— Jimmy Mckenna🇬🇧 (@secrem) March 17, 2020
£8m is daylight robbery. What a player
— Dom (@dommer14) March 17, 2020
— Bealo (@bealolufc) March 17, 2020
Player of the year so far for me.
— Aido (@89aido) March 17, 2020
Class class class… could watch pillow feet all day… you got a 2 minute video of him bringing the ball down?! 😂😂😂 pretty please?!
— Pin El Loco Coco (@pinheadhobbs) March 18, 2020
jack harrison is elite 🔵🟡
— Ethan (@Birko0) March 17, 2020
He’s been brilliant this season we need to sign him permanently he’ll be worth double the 8 mil we have to pay at end of season
— Paul G (@TheGilse) March 17, 2020
The only player we have that I’m 100% confident he’ll be able to beat his man whenever he gets the ball
— Jake (@Jakefoggitt) March 17, 2020
— Superstar Tradesman (@Calum_Turnbull8) March 17, 2020
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