Rumours: Moyes monitoring English winger

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 26th May 2022

The latest player linked with a summer move to West Ham currently plies his trade at Elland Road - but isn't what you might call one of Leeds' big guns.

Jack Harrison played all but three games for Leeds in last season's Premier League campaign and will be well-known to Hammers fans as he scored a hat-trick in the Whites' 3-2 win at the London Olympic Stadium back in January.

And according to reports, David Moyes and his team have been keeping an eye on the 25-year-old's progression with view to potentially making a firm offer during the summer.

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Harrison with the match ball after scoring a January hat-trick against West Ham

Having begun his career with Manchester United's Academy, Harrison left to move to the United States where he joined New York City FC through the draft system having come through the ranks at Black Rock FC, a Massachusetts-based, grass roots club.

He was picked up by NYC's partner club Manchester City in 2018, signing a three-year contract. Yet he failed to make a single start for the Citizens and spent that entire period on loan with Middlebrough and Leeds, who eventually signed him on a permanent contract for £11milion in July 2021.

Apart from his first ever career hat-trick against West Ham earlier this year, Harrison - who has also featured for England's Under 21s - hit the headlines earlier this month for scoring the injury time winner at Brentford that secured Leeds' Premier League place.

A versatile left-footed forward contracted to the Yorkshire club until 2024, Harrison can feature on both flanks which is no doubt one of the attributes that would have been noted by Moyes and Head of Recruitment Rob Newman, with the manager well known for switching his wide men.

And his former New York manager Patrick Vieira, currently at Crystal Palace, believes he has the ability to play in the upper reaches of the Premier League. "He's a good player," he said.

"Technically he's really good, he understands the game, he can come and link with the number nine. He can run behind the back four and his football brain is fantastic."

Meanwhile Harrison's injury record is also particularly notable, with him being almost ever-present since moving to Elland Road four seasons ago - as the numbers below reveal.

Got my mind set on you: Harrison's Leeds statistics

2018/19: Pld 42 Gls 4 (Championship)
2019/20: Pld 48 Gls 6 (Championship)
2020/21: Pld 37 Gls 8 (Premier League)
2021/22: Pls 38 Gls 10 (Premier League)

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